Forty-seven months. Forty-seven lousy months is all Paul Manafort, who could have gotten as much as 24 years, was sentenced to on Thursday afternoon! This is an abomination! It is a miscarriage of justice! It is a freak show! A slap on the wrist for the man who worked for the Russians and with them, who dodged his taxes so that he could buy ostrich skin jackets, and who sold our country out, not to mention working to help elect another criminal to the highest office in the land.
Angry? Moi??? Hell yes I’m angry! If I run a stop sign or write a bad check, I will likely get more jail time than this greedy, rich turncoat got! Why? Who knows. The judge likes Trump or felt sorry for Manafort?
Manafort entered the courtroom in prison greens (did they stop using orange?) in a wheelchair! Ain’t nuthin’ wrong with that man that a smack upside the head wouldn’t take care of! He claims that the last nine months in jail have taken a toll on his health. Well, Paulie, y’know what??? The last two years with the jackass you helped get elected has taken a toll on the health of every thinking, sane person in the United States of America! Sympathy? You’ll get none from me, Jack!
But perhaps the wheelchair (which was naught but a stage prop) played on Judge T.S. Ellis’ sympathy, or perhaps it was his whining that did it … wah, wah, wah …
“The last two years have been the most difficult my family and I have experienced. To say I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement.”
Hardly an apology or a statement of remorse, is it? The judge noticed that too, saying …
“I was surprised that I did not hear you express regret for engaging in wrongful conduct. I hope you will reflect on that and your regret will be that you didn’t comply with the law.”
Even so, Judge Ellis apparently took some form of pity on Paulie, for while the sentencing guidelines for his crimes in this case called for 20-24 years, Ellis sentenced him to a lousy 47 months, with time served, meaning that he will spend only 38 months, just over three years, in prison. And Ellis had the unmitigated gall to claim that he believed Manafort had “lived an otherwise blameless life”. Say WHAT??? The man has been a greedy crook all his life, playing both ends against the middle and making money hand over fist! He killed animals so he, instead of they, could wear their skin, for Pete’s SAKE!
Manafort had cut a deal with Robert Mueller to cooperate in Mueller’s Russia investigation in exchange for a lighter sentence, but he blew that by lying to the FBI, the OSC (Office of the Special Counsel) and the grand jury concerning matters that were material to the investigation, including his contacts with his Russian associates during the campaign and later. And the reason he has been sitting in jail for the past nine months is because his $10 million bail was revoked last June after it was discovered that he had tried to influence the testimony of two government witnesses.
Next Wednesday, Manafort faces a different federal judge for sentencing in his other case involving acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukraine, money laundering and witness tampering. Let us hope that judge, Amy Berman Jackson, will better understand the seriousness of Manafort’s crimes and sentence him accordingly. Jackson is the same judge who finally tired of Roger Stone’s games and subjected him to a gag order and a threat of jail if he screws it up again. She is also the judge who revoked Manafort’s bail last year, so I don’t think she’ll smile as kindly upon Manafort as Judge Ellis did.
Whether Manafort’s two sentences will run concurrently or consecutively is up to Judge Jackson. I hope she sees fit to make him serve the maximum time – hopefully the rest of his life – in prison garb. Paul Manafort ripped our government out of millions, defrauded banks and tried to sell our country’s interests to foreign powers, and yet today he received a lesser sentence than a black person in some parts of the country would get for smoking marijuana. Equal justice for all? I think not!
End of rant … for now.