In case you missed it this week, Mueller sidles up to a new lawyer involved in Paul Manafort's probe, politicians are eyeing a particular bribery-related, and SeaWorld get's a criminal investigation
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s... | Robert Mueller just added a new member into his Justice League of Super Lawyers. Lately there’s been rumblings about the difficulties of potential prosecution with Trump waiving his get-out-of-jail-free cards around. So Mueller’s taking a different tack by going after low, state-level crimes (think Al Capone's reign-ending tax-evasion). New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who’s been working on some probes into Paul Manafort, is teaming up with Mueller and sharing notes.
Can’t buy me love | It’s not really breaking news when you hear that members of the Sentate and Congress are filling their pockets with personal loans from well-off supporters. But with the new normal of influence in D.C. political affairs, it’s definitely raising some eyebrows. Out of the current House and Senate members, 19 have taken loans from wealthy supporters, and disclosure forms revealed some of those members hadn’t made payments in years. Can I get in on that?
Eyes glued | The corruption trial next week for New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez is drawing a crowd. He’s being accused of pulling strings and giving favors in return for six-figure donations that include gifts, vacations, and cash money from his bff Dr. Salomon Melgen. The list of donations to Menendez and requests from Melgen read like something out of a playboy’s handbook, including visas for foreign girlfriends and lavish trips on private planes. This trial could set a precedent for corrupt politicians who find themselves under fire. Nail biter.
... | Uber has been trying to save face by doing things like hiring a new CEO to shake things up, but their long (long) list of scandals they’ve been trying to outrun may have finally caught up. This week it was announced they may face a federal investigation over foreign bribery. If the accusations are true then it might point toward a more systemic issue rather than a problematic figure-head.
And in this corner | Wells Fargo has entered the ring to battle Uber for top “How are we still on this?” spot this week. Turns out their original fake-account tally was a smidgen off—by about 1.4 million. For those keeping score, that’s a grand total of about 3.5 million. This comes after Wells Fargo tried to claw their way back into good standing by appointing new leaders, cutting back on exec pay, and overhauling entire divisions. But as Warren Buffet so eloquently stated, “There’s never just one cockroach in the kitchen.” Charming.
… | Remember the documentary “Blackfish” that had people boycotting SeaWorld? Now it’s being used as the catalyst for a criminal investigation. SeaWorld swore up and down to investors that the doc wasn’t affecting attendance or revenue, but it looks like they weren’t entirely truthful. This week the DOJ's Fraud Section confirmed that they’re launching a criminal investigation. Good omen for Steven Avery.