This Week: Manafort Gets Off Easy In VA Trial, But Faces Tougher Judge In DC
Judge T.S. Ellis sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to just 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud on Thursday — far less than the 19 to 24 years recommended by special counsel Robert Mueller. Perhaps more gallingly, Ellis said that the former lobbyist for foreign dictators whose own daughters said he got rich from “blood money” led an “otherwise blameless” life and was involved in “lots of good things.” Ellis argued that sentencing guidelines were far too harsh for the kinds of white collar crimes that Manafort committed, saying the former Trump official shouldn’t be made into an example. He noted that Manafort was not accused of colluding with Russia to influence the election, and communicated his general skepticism about Mueller’s Russia probe. The relatively light sentence was met with shock in D.C., with political observers pointing out that Manafort never expressed regret for his actions in his allocution and violated his cooperation agreement with the…
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