A Republican who was convicted of funneling unlawful Russian cash to Donald Trump’s 2026 presidential marketing campaign has been denied bail whereas he appeals his conviction.
Jesse Benton received’t be getting bail:
JUST IN: DC Circuit declines to grant bail pending attraction to Jesse Benton, sentenced to 18 months in jail for utilizing Russian donor’s $$$ to arrange assembly w/ Trump throughout 2016 marketing campaign. Order: https://t.co/VoOqHlcH1s Earlier: https://t.co/TaCkU0NZKc
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) July 17, 2023
Benton was charged in 2021 and eventually convicted of taking $100,000 from a Russian national and funneling $25,000 to the Trump campaign. The Russian nationwide needed to donate to Trump in order that he may get a face-to-face assembly, and there’s no indication that the Trump marketing campaign was concerned within the scheme.
The plot does present that the Russians have been sniffing throughout the Trump marketing campaign in 2o16, and the way deeply infested the Republican Occasion has turn into with overseas/Russian money.
The holes in marketing campaign finance legal guidelines in america create big potential issues for each events, however the Russians clearly had an curiosity in Trump, and there was no signal that Trump’s curiosity in getting assist from Russia in 2024 has lessened in any approach.
There’s a good cause why after almost eight years, Trump and his MAGA allies in Congress proceed to attempt to discredit the Russia investigation.
For all the speak of Trump’s authoritarian desires and criminality, the one central factor of Trump that hasn’t modified is that he seems to be conflicted and up on the market to overseas governments.
Russia is a shadow that perpetually follows Trump, and it’ll proceed to take action for so long as he’s in politics.
Jason is the managing editor. He’s additionally a White Home Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Diploma in Political Science. His graduate work centered on public coverage, with a specialization in social reform actions.
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