Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, was sentenced to 47 months in prison for bank and tax fraud on Thursday evening.
Manafort is the first victim to be found guilty from the Mueller investigation which was originally started to investigate Russian collusion in the 2016 election. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis stated that the Manafort sentencing had nothing to do with Russian interference. We can count on the media to say otherwise.
Check out what Fox News reported:
Ellis said that the guidelines of sentencing Manafort to between 19 and 24 years in prison were “excessive for this case.” Manafort will receive credit for the nine months he’s already served. Manafort was also hit with a $50,000 fine.
Manafort, who has been dealing with health issues, looked unwell as he entered the courtroom in a wheelchair. He told Ellis the last two years have been the most difficult he and his family have ever experienced and appeared to choke up a bit as he told the judge he appreciated the way the trial was conducted.
Prosecutors said Manafort, 69, hid income earned from political work overseas from the IRS while fraudulently obtaining millions in bank loans. Manafort had pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts in the case.
“I was surprised I did not hear you express regret,” Ellis told Manafort during the sentencing Thursday night. He added that he believes “the importance of this case is to serve as a beacon to warn others.”
Interesting how Mueller has spent two years investigating anyone and everyone associated with Trump and the only crimes he could find had absolutely nothing to do with President Trump and Russian collusion.
CNN’s Jake Tapper decided to stir the pot and point out how much Manafort’s sentence was “reduced” as opposed to the Prosecutors recommendation:
BREAKING — Prosecutors had recommended 19-24 years in prison for Manafort; Judge Ellis opted instead to sentence him to 47 months, just short of 4 years.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) 8 марта 2019 г.
Check his bank accounts.
— StandUpResist! #TickTickTick (@StandUpResist) 8 марта 2019 г.
Although Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison, he is still facing other charges which include foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering. He has yet to be sentenced for these crimes but Mueller has recommended that he spend 24 years in prison along with a $24 million fine.
But his hopes for a reduced sentence in the Washington case may be in jeopardy after a federal judge recently found that he lied to Mueller’s team in response to some, but not all, of their inquiries. The ruling voids his plea deal and exposes Manafort, at a minimum, to a harsher sentence.
There’s been speculation that the president, who has expressed sympathy for Manafort, could pardon his former campaign chairman. “I feel very badly for Paul Manafort,” Trump said in August.
Defense attorneys for Manafort have suggested that Mueller’s team had improperly ensnared their client in its probe, as the case did not have anything to do with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
This is a very tricky situation. Yes, Manafort is responsible for the crimes that he has committed in his past, but it’s unfair how Manafort was singled out by Mueller because he worked with Donald Trump for a short period of time. Absolutely NOTHING Manafort was convicted of relates to Russian collusion. That’s a fact.
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