April 11 may go down in American history as a celebratory Law Enforcement Day.
Here’s what happened:
• Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder, was arrested and removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday.
Authorities have revoked his seven-year asylum, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.
He has been charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
• Attorney Michael Avenatti was indicted late Wednesday and charged with embezzlement, fraud, cheating on taxes in expansion of his criminal case.
In the sweeping expansion of the criminal charges against Avenatti, a federal grand jury has indicted the Los Angeles lawyer on 36 counts of fraud, perjury, failure to pay taxes, embezzlement and other financial crimes.
Avenatti stole millions of dollars from five clients and used a tangled web of shell companies and bank accounts to cover up the theft, the Santa Ana grand jury alleged in an indictment that prosecutors made public on April 11.
One of the clients, Geoffrey Ernest Johnson, was a mentally ill paraplegic on disability who won a $4 million settlement in a suit against Los Angeles County. The money was wired to Avenatti in January 2015, but he hid it from Johnson for years, according to the indictment.
• Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed new bank and tax fraud charges against former Trump advisers Rick Gates and Paul Manafort in a 32-count indictment Thursday.
The new indictment, filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, details a joint Gates-Manafort real estate money laundering scheme going back to 2008.
Manafort is specifically charged with five counts related to filing false income tax returns and four counts of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts.
Gates is accused of 11 counts related to filing false income tax returns and three counts of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts.
• Attorney Gregory Craig, who served as White House counsel for President Barack Obama, was charged Thursday with lying to federal officials who were examining whether he should have registered as a foreign lobbyist for legal work he did for the Ukrainian government in 2012.
The indictment stems from work Craig did with GOP lobbyist Paul Manafort while Craig was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the law firm he joined after ending his tenure as the White House.
His indictment represents a dramatic turn for a member of the country’s most elite legal circles. Craig attended Yale University’s law school with Bill and Hillary Clinton and later worked in the State Department and White House for the Clinton administration. An early Obama supporter, he served for a year as that president’s first White House counsel. He is also a veteran of the Washington-based law firm Williams and Connolly.
Law enforcement officers on two continents had an extremely busy week.
Many of these cases have been unwinding for years. It’s encouraging to the American people that justice will be done in the days ahead.