Starting on June 26, Today viewers won’t have to switch off the show when they head off for work. As part of a new deal with NBC, SiriusXM will simulcast all four hours of Today, and replay the show later in the day. “This means a chance to be exposed to 26 million listeners, some of whom are not Today viewers,” Deborah Turness, the president of NBC News, tells the New York Times. Good Morning America, Today’s arch-nemesis, briefly ran on XM radio several years ago, but SiriusXM President Scott Greenstein says it failed because, “it was cut up, not a full-blown version of the show.” Why tune in if you can’t hear all of Savannah Guthrie’s comments about a fashion show you can’t see?
The defendant stands convicted of the serious crimes of tax fraud, bank fraud, and failing to file a foreign bank account report. Manafort was the lead perpetrator and a direct beneficiary of each offense. And while some of these offenses are commonly prosecuted, there was nothing ordinary about the millions of dollars involved in the defendant’s crimes, the duration of his criminal conduct, or the sophistication of his schemes.
Together with the relevant criminal conduct, Manafort’s misconduct involved more than $16 million in unreported income resulting in more than $6 million in federal taxes owed, more than $55 million hidden in foreign bank accounts, and more than $25 million secured from financial institutions through lies resulting in a fraud loss of more than $6 million.
Manafort did not commit these crimes out of necessity or hardship. He was well educated, professionally successful, and financially well off. He nonetheless cheated the United States Treasury and the public out of more than $6 million in taxes at a time when he had substantial resources. Manafort committed bank fraud to supplement his liquidity because his lavish spending exhausted his substantial cash resources when his overseas income dwindled.