Kiev shielded Manafort from corruption probe to ensure delivery of US cash & weapons

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Ukraine froze four corruption investigations into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in order to avoid angering the American president, as the White House finalized a $47 million deal to sell anti-tank missiles to Kiev.

According to Ukrainian officials who spoke to the New York Times, Kiev is too reliant on US financial and military aid to risk irritating Trump, who is hugely critical of the investigation into alleged Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

Volodymyr Ariev, a member of the Ukrainian parliament and ally of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, admitted that the Manafort investigations were put “in the long-term box” to avoid spoiling relations with the Trump administration.

“In every possible way, we will avoid irritating the top American officials,” Ariev said.

The US state department issued a license for 210 Javelin missiles and 35 launching units in December and announced the final approval of the sale in early March. The decision to halt the Ukrainian investigations into Manafort was made in early April.

In the US, Manafort is facing charges of money laundering and financial fraud, stemming from his time working as an adviser to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, who was ousted in 2014 after street protests supported by Washington turned violent.

Ukrainian investigators had been tracing multi-million dollar transfers to Manafort from members of Yanukovich’s political party. One of the investigations was looking into a $750,000 payment to Manafort from a Ukrainian shell company. Manafort has denied receiving under-the-table payments from Yanukovich’s party and his spokesperson speculated to the Times that a ledger showing $12.5 million in payments to his client could be a forgery.

The investigations into Manafort were not completely closed, but the prosecutor Serhiy Horbatyuk was blocked from issuing subpoenas for evidence or interviewing witnesses. Before he lost the authority to prosecute, Horbatyuk had previously sent a letter to the office of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller offering to cooperate – an offer which he now cannot fulfill, due to Kiev’s decision.

The sale of the missiles, which were received on April 30, was seen as a victory for President Poroshenko, as it indicated American support for his government’s so-called “anti-terrorist operation” against anti-Kiev separatists in eastern Ukraine.

In addition to the missiles, Ukraine receives hundreds of millions of dollars in aid from the US. In 2016, the US paid out $300 million to assist Kiev in defending itself against “Russian-backed separatists.”

A bill introduced in the US House of Representatives in 2017 proposed cutting the amount of military aid to Ukraine in half, but the Trump administration authorized $350 million more in aid to Kiev in late December.

Kiev has repeatedly appealed to Washington for military assistance in the form of lethal weaponry, even as world leaders urge Poroshenko to abide by the Minsk Agreements – the deal between Kiev and the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which was brokered in 2015 by the leaders of Russia, Germany and France.

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Venezuela arrests two Chevron executives in ongoing anti-corruption probe

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The Public Prosecution’s anti-graft initiative widens its scope to include private sector oil industry employees.

Two Chevron employees were arrested in the Venezuelan city of Puerto La Cruz on Monday, as part of the Bolivarian government’s ongoing anti-corruption drive.

Begun last September, Venezuela’s hardline campaign against corruption and influence peddling has led to legal action against dozens of employees and executives in the state oil sector, but these are the first arrests targeting personnel from a private foreign company.

According to sources interviewed by Reuters, agents of the Bolivarian Intelligence Services (SEBIN) raided PetroPiar’s Puerto la Cruz offices, located in the northeastern Venezuelan state of Anzoategui, to make the arrests.

PetroPiar is a 70/30 joint venture between state oil company PDVSA and Chevron, the largest US oil company operating in Venezuela today. One of the detained men, Carlos Agarra, is a chemical engineer recently relocated to Venezuela from Chevron’s Argentina operations, while the second detainee, Rene Vasquez, is a procurement advisor.

Monday’s arrests were not the first time personnel associated with the Petropiar have been accused of corruption. In January, seven PetroPiar managers were detained on grounds of embezzlement and conspiracy involving manipulation of production figures.

Focused on the oil and foreign currency exchange sectors, the anti-corruption drive has led to the arrests of some 80 PDVSA employees, 20 of whom are high-level executives. Among the top figures facing prosecution are former oil ministers Eulogio del Pino and Nelson Martinez.

The most important figure charged with corruption still remains at large. Rafael Ramirez, who was Chavez’s longest-serving oil minister, is sought by Venezuelan authorities and has a capture order issued by Interpol in January.

Although many have welcomed President Nicolas Maduro and Attorney General Tarek William Saab’s crackdown on corruption, some analysts claim that the campaign reflects factional disputes within Chavismo and has hampered the state oil company’s already flagging production.

Production reached record lows of 1.6 million barrels per day in January and has continued to fall throughout the year, as newly named military personnel were tapped to replace civilian staff members in the state oil company. Among the military officials is the new president of PDVSA, Manuel Quevedo.

On Tuesday, Chevron responded to the arrests stating that “Our legal team is evaluating the situation and working towards the timely release of these employees,” adding,”We have contacted the local authorities to understand the basis of the detention and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of these employees.”

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WikiLeaks lawyer talks corruption & more on ex-Ecuadorian President’s RT show

Following in the footsteps of former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, the outspoken Rafael Correa is set to become the latest top-tier politician to host a program on RT. His weekly show, ‘Conversations with Correa’ (Conversando con Correa) mainly revolves around the major social and political problems gripping the world.

This time corruption, multinational corporations and smear campaigns against Latin America’s progressive leaders top the agenda of Correa’s show. His guest is Baltasar Garzon, a renowned Spanish lawyer and head of Julian Assange’s legal team.

“Turning the fight against corruption into an ideology issue is a very dangerous phenomenon,” the lawyer opines, citing the example of Brazil’s President Inacio Lula da Silva who was sacked from the post following a long corruption row.

“I think this is a gross injustice,” Garzon says, adding that Lula’s successor, President Dilma Rousseff, was also accused of being corrupt. Rousseff “as an honest person, should not have been removed from office through impeachment,” the WikiLeaks lawyer states. “This, from any point of view, is a shame.”

Recalling his experience as head of state, Correa remarks: “I can say there is a lot of ideological talk when it comes to combatting corruption.” According to Correa, who led the Ecuadorian government for over a decade, there is a myth that “corruption exists in state institutions only.”

“Normally, the state is neither better nor worse than the society it represents,” he posits. “People often think that the fight against corruption is the responsibility of the President, the head of state, but in fact it is the duty of the entire people.”

Correa stresses that fighting corruption has often been used in Latin America to target political opponents, and Garzon agrees. “Justice has become extremely prejudiced and biased against all those people who, in one form or another, were supporters of the previous government,” the lawyer says, recalling former Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner whose tenure was marred by several corruption scandals.

“It came even to the point that when a corrupt official is exposed, he is not condemned for the very fact of being corrupt, but for being caught in such a stupid way,” Garzon adds.

Correa previously gave several interviews to RT while he was in office. It was he who, in 2012, granted asylum to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, despite harsh criticism from the UK. Assange is still exiled in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

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France & South Korea Arrest Their Ex-Presidents For Corruption: Nuremberg Begins To Rise From The Ashes

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SEOUL, March 19 (Xinhua) — South Korean prosecutors on Monday requested an arrest warrant on former President Lee Myung-bak over a series of corruption charges.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office called for a Seoul court to issue a warrant to arrest Lee, who served out his five-year presidential term through early 2013, according to local media reports.

About 18 counts of corruption, including bribery, embezzlement, breach of trust and tax evasion, were levied against Lee who was summoned by prosecutors last week for questioning. The court could reportedly decide on the request Wednesday night.

The prosecution office said Lee denied almost all of the wrongdoings, and even basic facts found through probe.

Lee was reportedly charged with receiving tens of millions of U.S. dollars in kickbacks from the country’s intelligence agency and big companies including Samsung Electronics.

Samsung is alleged to have paid 5 million U.S. dollars of retaining fee, on Lee’s behalf, in the United States for DAS, a South Korean auto parts maker which prosecutors said Lee owns under the names of his relatives.

DAS is under investigation for embezzlement, tax evasion and the creation of slush fund, which is believed to have been funneled into Lee for his presidential campaign.

In return for the legal fee offer, Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee is believed to have bought a presidential pardon in 2009 when the Samsung chairman, currently in hospital, got a suspended jail sentence for tax evasion.

The National Intelligence Service, the country’s spy agency, is believed to have delivered secret operation fund as bribes to Lee’s office at his behest through his closest aides, some of whom already admitted the allegation.

Lee is also suspected of dodging taxes through accounting fraud in DAS and by owning real estate assets and bank deposits under borrowed names.

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Former President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea, center left, was escorted to a prison in Seoul on Friday after his arrest on charges of bribery, embezzlement and tax evasion.

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Nicolas Sarkozy ‘Arrested’: Former French President In Custody

NICOLAS Sarkozy, former French President, is in police custody as part of an ongoing investigation into campaign financing. Mr Sarkozy is being questioned by officers in connection with an investigation into “irregularities” in election campaign financing, according to court sources.

The probe relates to alleged Libyan funding for Mr Sarkozy’s 2007 campaign, Le Monde newspaper reported.

He was summoned to a police station in Nanterre where he is being questioned over the allegations.

This is the first time Mr Sarkozy has been spoken to by authorities in connection with the inquiry, which opened in 2013.

Mr Sarkozy was however placed under formal examination in February 2016 over alleged illegal campaign funding in 2012.

He can be held for up to 48 hours and presented to Magistrates Court for indictment immediately if police seek charges.

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France opened a judicial inquiry in 2013 into allegations he accepted €59million from late Moammer Gaddafi’s regime, claims which have been reported by French businessman Ziad Takieddine and the Libyan dictator’s son.

But Mr Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, has always denied receiving any illicit campaign funding and has dismissed the Libyan allegations as “grotesque”.

A lawyer for Mr Sarkozy could not be reached immediately for comment.

A former minister and close ally of Mr Sarkozy, Brice Hortefeux, was also being questioned by police on Tuesday morning in relation to the Libya investigation, another source close to the probe said.

In January a French businessman suspected by investigators of funneling money from Gaddafi to finance Mr Sarkozy’s campaign was arrested in Britain and granted bail after he appeared in a London court.

Mr Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate matter concerning financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012, when he was defeated by Francois Hollande.

He was president of France between 2007 and 2012.

Mr Sarkozy tried to make a policitcal comeback in the 2017 election, but failed to convince voters and members of his own party.

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Emmanuel Macron with his boss, David de Rothschild of the Banque der Rothschild – who is sought by the police for embezzlement.

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Netanyahu To Be Investigated In Another Corruption Case

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Israeli media predicts that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to be investigated, along with his wife and eldest son Yair, over Corruption Case 4000.

The investigations over Case 4000 revolve around facilitations offered by Netanyahu to the businessman Shaul Elovitch, the owner of the news site Wallah, in return for favorable media coverage.

Last month, according to Days of Palestine, Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted on charges of bribery and breach of trust in relation to allegations referred to as Case 1000 and Case 2000.

Case 1000 is related to charges of receiving valuable gifts from international billionaires, including expensive cigars, pink champagne and jewelery for his wife.

Meanwhile, Case 2000 is related to secret talks with the publisher of the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronothin, of which Netanyahu requested positive favorable coverage in return for damaging the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom.

Sources close to the investigators expected that Sarah would be indicted, Quds Press reported, noting that that she had been previously indicted on charges of using some $100,000 of state funds to pay for outdoor furniture and electrical work for the Netanyahu’s private home in Caesarea.

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Netanyahu is only the tip of the iceberg – corruption permeates all corners of Israel

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While the mainstream media are feasting on the daily scandals of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his friends, corruption against ordinary people continues unabated 

One year ago a wave of arrests of journalists, bloggers, social media activists and even lawyers rocked Israel. Those affected were dubbed the “Cyber Terrorist Network”, and the three who were charged with over 120 offences were described by some media as worse than the terrorist Islamic State group.

Since then the ulta-subservient media have been silent. One blogger remains in jail, another two are under house arrest after 10 months in prison, still without trial.

Civil and human rights activists have known for decades that the judicial system is corrupt. However, despite all attempts to harass and thwart them, they continue to campaign against the corruption.

The Israeli state has enlisted US agencies to hack into critical bloggers’ computers and phones. Some of the 50,000 pages and hundreds of computer disks of evidence have been denied to defence lawyers. But what has been pieced together is remarkable.

First, we need to go back a couple of years to the Panama Papers leak and the Mexican spying scandal. In both of these cases it was revealed that Israel’s NSO Group had sold its espionage software, Pegasus, to purchases who used it to spy on journalists and human rights activists. Hundreds of Israelis were listed in the Panama Papers.

This spying software has been sold to dozens of countries with dubious human rights records. The NSO Group claims it has no knowledge of how its product is used once it is sold. It is not uncommon for such cyber products to be sold to shady governments which used it for dubious purposes under the pretext of preventing terrorism.

But “the only democracy in the Middle East” has been using such software to spy on its own human rights bloggers as far back as 2015. Every phone call, email and conversation is in the evidence.

The assistance of the US Homeland Security and FBI, as well as Interpol, has been sought under the pretext of counterterrorism. It is also likely that the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) has been abused by making inferences to terrorism in order to obtain information from Google and WordPress.

Israeli anti-corruption activists are still being infiltrated to this day, with one secret agent coming forward and speaking out a rally last week. It is indeed business as usual. Recently, another lawyer was questioned for nine hours and told he was suspected of working with outside networks to leak information to foreign quarters about judicial corruption with the aim of “smearing the reputation of Israel”.

On 26 February judge Ronit Ponansky turned out to be at the centre of a scandal, and this was used by Netanyahu to infer that the investigations against him are tainted. This same judge was on duty when an order was signed to use cyber espionage tools against blogger Lory Shem Tov.

Following the leak of a WhatsApp conversation between Poznanski and a prosecutor, Ponansky was replaced by Ala Maswara. This is the same judge who was in the initial investigation of the bloggers and was also found by the ombudsman to have signed flawed search warrants against them. Poznanski’s behaviour was not regarded as particularly unusual. Corruption has become the norm in Israel.

Members of the elite in Israel are making headlines, and avoiding indictment. But ordinary citizens are being persecuted and paying the price. All investigations into activists hone in on whether they are collaborating with, or know Palestinian groups. The corruption inside the country – in banks, the tax authority, ministries and businesses – does not seem to be sufficient for investigators to understand that the country could implode without any help from anyone outside.

The corruption permeating Israel is finally surfacing for all to see. Netanyahu is only the political front for the mafia and the dubious businesses running Israel.

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Some 1,500 people have rallied in central Tel Aviv demanding the resignation of Benjamin Netanyahu over corruption allegations and a recent Israeli police recommendation that charges be brought against the Prime Minister.

The “Bibi Netanyahu go home” slogan once again united the Israeli crowd holding their weekly anti-government corruption protest in Tel Aviv. Waving signs that read “Bibi, you are not above the law,”“Love Israel, separate from Netanyahu,” they chanted, “A mafia country and a corrupt Prime Minister.”

Earlier this month Israeli police recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted over allegations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Despite the pressure and daily calls to resign, Netanyahu maintains his innocence, further exacerbating the public anger.

“In the past, whenever there was an indictment recommendation with the police, politicians used to resign,” one protester told RT’s Ruptly video agency. “It’s very difficult to see Bibi resigning. He’s not the kind of [person] who resigns.”

“I came here to protest and to defend the democracy in Israel because it’s important that people will fight corruption wherever it is because the government here forgot that they need to serve us and not we need to serve them,” noted another activist present at the rally.

Police earlier announced that they gathered sufficient evidence to start legal proceedings against the premier in two separate probes – Case 1000 and Case 2000. Although the recommendations were submitted to the attorney general, it may take months before the decision is made.

Case 1000 alleges that Netanyahu, along with his wife Sara, received lavish gifts worth thousands of dollars from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer, in exchange for favors. The other probe revolves around suspicions of Netanyahu conspiring with the owner of the top-selling Israeli newspaper, Arnon Mozes, to get a more positive coverage of himself. The Prime Minister has repeatedly denied the allegations as “baseless.”

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Comment on After extracting billions from ‘corruption’ cases, Saudis ‘increase royal family allowances by 50%’ by R. Arandas

Saudi Arabia has raised some royal family allowances after extracting billions of dollars from princes, businessmen and officials held on corruption charges, apparently reliable sources have told Bloomberg. Two of the sources claimed that the increase amounts to 50 per cent, with the government no longer paying electricity and water bills for members of the ruling family. A Saudi government official denied the claims.

Dozens of the country’s richest men, including billionaire Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, were among those held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh as part of a massive crackdown on corruption in early November, before settlements were made with them under which the state obtained more than $100 billion.

“Monthly salaries are considered as a subject of complaint among some Saudi citizens,” said Bloomberg, “and disclosing that some members of the ruling family received more money is likely to raise more doubts about how serious the government is about curbing spending.”

It is not clear whether the increase in the monthly salary is a one-off bonus or will continue on a monthly basis. Nor is much known about the extent to which these funds are distributed.

“The Saudi Crown Prince may seek to discipline his relatives in the royal family,” Christine Diwan, researcher at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, pointed out, “but he cannot completely cut ties with them”

Read: Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes after protests against paying their own utility bills

Over the past three months, the Saudi authorities have imposed value-added tax and announced sharp increases in fuel prices and public services in an effort to reform public finances. Some of the measures that have been taken were counterproductive. After complaints about price increases, King Salman issued orders to distribute more than 50 billion Saudi Riyals ($13.3 billion) to support ordinary Saudi citizens. The increase in the price of Brent crude oil to around $70 per barrel helped to support such a measure.

“The increase in salaries seems to indicate that the authorities do not have good ideas about how to really reform the economy, which was founded upon easy access to money,” said political risk adviser Melina Rodban in Washington. “The authorities need to address the possible risk of unrest, which is a short-term threat and often outweighs efforts to make long-term changes.”

Members of the ruling House of Saud are numbered in their thousands, and the government has never disclosed how many receive salaries or how much they get. According to a 1996 US diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks, members of the royal family receive monthly allowances from birth. The amounts vary according to how close they are to King Abdul Aziz, the founder of the state.

At that time, the monthly payments ranged from $800 to $270,000. The diplomat who sent the cable estimated the total annual cost to the state at $2 billion.

During the past three years of his rise to power, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has marginalised senior members of the royal family, eased social restrictions on women and vowed to steer Saudi Arabia away from what he calls “radical Islam”.

Read: Saudi releases detainees as corruption purge raises $106bn



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Russian ex-governor gets 13 years in major anti-corruption trial

Apart from the sentence, to be served in a maximum-security prison, the court ordered the ex-governor to pay a fine of 500 million rubles ($8.6 million) and banned him from assuming any official posts for five years after the sentence is served.

The announcement of the sentence took the judge several days. Other suspects in the case – the former adviser to the governor, the ex-deputy chairman of the regional government, and the former Sakhalin minister of agriculture and trade – were also convicted of corruption crimes and received lengthy prison sentences and multi-million-ruble fines.

Prosecutors said they were satisfied with the sentence, while the defense team claimed the conviction was a foregone conclusion. They intend to appeal the verdict.

Khoroshavin and other former officials of the Sakhalin regional administration were arrested in March 2015 and taken to Moscow for investigation. Searches in their homes and apartments yielded around $17 million in cash (in various currencies), expensive jewelry, and a collection of watches worth over $10 million. In addition, investigators said they confiscated around $2 billion in assets that belonged to the ex-governor.

Soon after the arrest, Khoroshavin was sacked due to lack of trust. At the trial, the ex-governor was charged with receiving a $5.6-million bribe for his role in the inclusion of a local energy corporation in a federal investment program. Further investigation uncovered additional episodes of bribery that brought the sum to 522 million rubles. Other suspects faced charges of bribery and money laundering.

After the court sentenced the former Sakhalin officials, the spokesperson for Russia’s top investigative body – the Investigative Committee – revealed additional details about the property seized from Khoroshavin. “Apparently, the [former] governor had a great need in expensive watches. He had 195 in his collection for a total price of 602 million rubles ($10.4 million),” Svetlana Petrenko told reporters. She added that the most expensive piece from the collection cost $700,000 and that shortly before his arrest in 2015, Khoroshavin had ordered a watch for 36 million rubles. 

Petrenko also said that a “significant part” of Khoroshavin’s assets were not properly declared and the court impounded and later confiscated a home, four city apartments, six cars, including a Mercedes limo, two Lexuses and two Bentleys, and numerous pieces of jewelry and expensive watches.

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ABC, CBS Highlight Senator Menendez Not Getting Retried for Corruption

The corruption saga of Democratic Senator Bob Menendez (N.J.) appeared to have come to an end after federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they would not be seeking a retrial following the mistrial back in November. And while the major three network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) sparsely covered the case during their morning and evening newscasts as the trial was proceeding, their coverage of the Justice Department’s decision was just as lackluster.

ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News were the only network evening news programs to mention the end of the Menendez’s corruption trial. But between the two of them, the total airtime didn’t even add up to 30 seconds.

David Muir, ABC’s sensationalist anchor, seemed as though he had to get someplace in a hurry because he only gave the move a minuscule 10 seconds just before rushing into a commercial break. And CBS anchor Jeff Glor didn’t do much better, with a total of 16 seconds. A total of 26 seconds between the two.

One more headline from D.C. tonight. The Justice Department today filing to drop corruption charges against New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Closing the case now. His trial ended in a hung jury in November,” was all Muir had to say.

 

 

Glor only added a bit more detail: “Federal prosecutors said today they will not retry New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez for corruption. The Democrat’s trial ended in a hung jury in the fall. Last week, the judge threw out some of the bribery charges he had faced. Menendez plans to seek a third term in the fall.

But meanwhile on NBC Nightly News, they didn’t report on the story at all, yet they did find time to report the dubious claims that Donald Trump paid hush money to a porn star.

Their coverage, or lack there, of the end of the Menendez trial, almost mimicked their coverage while it was going on. As a Media Research Center study found, shortly before the mistrial, between September 6 (when the trial started) and November 10 the networks only gave the trial two minutes and 10 seconds of airtime. That’s despite the fact that Menendez was the first sitting U.S. Senator to face a corruption trial since the 80’s.

Prior to November’s mistrial, the network evening shows had not touched the story at all. Yet, on the day of the mistrial, NBC finally found the case and gave it scant 23 seconds. On the same day, CBS Evening News boasted about Menendez’s good fortune for nearly a minute. Meanwhile, ABC’s World News Tonight gave just 19 seconds.

They didn’t give the corruption charges much time before and during the trial, so it appeared as though they were continuing their “nothing to see here” narrative through to the apparent end.

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World News Tonight
January 31, 2018
6:45:44 PM Eastern [10 seconds]

DAVID MUIR: One more headline from D.C. tonight. The Justice Department today filing to drop corruption charges against New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Closing the case now. His trial ended in a hung jury in November.

 

CBS Evening News
January 31, 2018
6:43:18 PM Eastern [16 seconds]

JEFF GLOR: Federal prosecutors said today they will not retry New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez for corruption. The Democrat’s trial ended in a hung jury in the fall. Last week, the judge threw out some of the bribery charges he had faced. Menendez plans to seek a third term in the fall.

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