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Manafort sentencing marks rare rash for Trump World in Mueller's probe

Nothing that happened on Thursday reduced Trump's potential legal or political exposure, or condemned Mueller's investigation, which has revealed a pattern of the lie of Trump acolytes about inexplicable ties to Russia. It is a measure of how cruel the past few years has been for the president that his former campaign chair could interpret in some way as good news for his white house. And no one outside Mueller's circle has any idea what his final report – which is expected to be delivered to the bar of lawyer William Barr – will say about the president's behavior. But Thursday's events raised some political and legal issues about Mueller's prosecutor's ambition, their tactics when faced with a skeptical judge, and credibility placed in Cohen's deeply damaging testimony against Trump last week. In the profit loss calculation that has characterized Trump's life, the president can take advantage of the surprising judicial drama. Anything that spins as a blow to the special council will be seized in Trump's conservative media chambers in the campaign to strengthen the president's position among central GOP voters critical to his long-term profitability. Manafort sentence Mueller's team had requested a prison sentence of 19-25 years for a fiscal and financial fraud fighting from Manafort's lively lifestyle as a sharp fit uber-lobbyist who spun his dark arts for Russia's politicians in Ukraine. It would have sent the 69-year-old Manafort to prison probably for the rest of his life. But the less than four year period, many legal…

Nothing that happened on Thursday reduced Trump’s potential legal or political exposure, or condemned Mueller’s investigation, which has revealed a pattern of the lie of Trump acolytes about inexplicable ties to Russia. It is a measure of how cruel the past few years has been for the president that his former campaign chair could interpret in some way as good news for his white house.

And no one outside Mueller’s circle has any idea what his final report – which is expected to be delivered to the bar of lawyer William Barr – will say about the president’s behavior.

But Thursday’s events raised some political and legal issues about Mueller’s prosecutor’s ambition, their tactics when faced with a skeptical judge, and credibility placed in Cohen’s deeply damaging testimony against Trump last week.

In the profit loss calculation that has characterized Trump’s life, the president can take advantage of the surprising judicial drama. Anything that spins as a blow to the special council will be seized in Trump’s conservative media chambers in the campaign to strengthen the president’s position among central GOP voters critical to his long-term profitability.

Manafort sentence

 Paul Mansafort's amazing case

Mueller’s team had requested a prison sentence of 19-25 years for a fiscal and financial fraud fighting from Manafort’s lively lifestyle as a sharp fit uber-lobbyist who spun his dark arts for Russia’s politicians in Ukraine.

It would have sent the 69-year-old Manafort to prison probably for the rest of his life. But the less than four year period, many legal observers shocked and radiated glances of prosecutors in T.S. Ellis courtroom.

Judge’s favor does not change the fact of Manafort’s conviction of a jury of his peers. A judge in Washington, who has been less well off against Manafort, will judge him next week in a separate case where he has been accused of lying to Mueller and violating an agreement.

Most observers believe that he could face a decade behind bars in a sentence that could run simultaneously or start after he left Thursday.

Whatever happens next week, Ellis effectively gave Trump’s team a welcome talent point when he pointed out precisely that the tax and fraud fighters had nothing to do with working with Russia in electoral fraud.

“I think the most important of what you saw today is the same as we said from day 1,” said Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing out of court. “There is absolutely no evidence that Paul Manafort was involved in any interaction with any Russian government official.”

Manafort’s lawyers tried to show during the trial that their client was charged more accurately than another defendant could have been because of his close relationship with the president – an argument that Ellis seemed to accept.

Crime of Justice

Trump’s critics expressed distrust in Manafort’s meaning.

“The American people would be entitled to feel that there has been a failure of justice here in this sentence,” said later Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, CNN’s Erin Burnett at “OutFront.”

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Manafort’s verdict as a prime example of high and low income sentencing differences.

“Paul Manafort gets such a small imprisonment for such serious crimes unfolding to the world how it is almost impossible for rich people to go to jail in The same time as someone who is lower in income, “New York Democrats tweeted.” In our current broken system, “justice” is not blind. It’s bought. “

Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor and CNN legal commentator said that a guideline sentence would have been quite fair, but that 47 months” is a joke. “

” Steal millions from the United States: s government, breaking the bail, being convicted by the jury, falsely cooperating, lying to the prosecutor, refusing to accept responsibility – and getting a huge break. It is an unfair verdict, “Honig tweeted

In the short term, Trump and his allies are likely to seize the sentence of arguing that Mueller fell away from his goals after an ambitious trial and reached beyond his mandate by pursuing him. 19659003] The chairman has put in place a long-term campaign to discredit Mueller and has made an exercise to reverse any roadblock encountered by the Special Adviser in an attempt to intertwine public skepticism in his investigation, Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, and outspoken Trump Allies, arguing that Thursday’s development showed that the Mueller probe was a “witch hunt.” But Trump’s attempt to benefit from Thursday’s judgment could be undermined as soon as next week when Judge Amy Berman Jackson presides over the next step in Manafort’s legal battle.

“This is just half the time for Paul Manafort’s judgment,” said Jack Weiss, a former federal all prosecutors on CNN on Thursday. “When the game is over it will look much closer to the ten years than five and Paul Manafort will not be loud.”

A Forgiveness

Judgment combined with Manafort’s failure to express remorse prompted immediate speculation about the possibility that Trump could forgive his former campaign chair.

“The statement of Paul Manafort’s lawyer after an already mild sentence – repeat the president’s mantra without collusion – was no accident. It was a deliberate appeal for a forgiveness. An injustice must not follow another,” Adam Schiff, D-California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted.

Manafort’s chance of being forgiven can actually have risen since saving a 47-month sentence can be seen as less politically risky for the president than running him from a 25-year prison.

But CNN’s legal commentator Carrie Cordero suggested that the judge’s decision to show favoritism could also serve as an argument that Manafort deserved further grace.

“It is very difficult for the president to now propose that Paul Manafort has been treated unfairly. He has actually been sentenced by Judge Ellis,” Cordero told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360”.

Cohen under fire

When Manafort met his judgment day Cohen faced new attacks on his credibility in connection with allegations he lied to Congress during his explosive testimony last week.

Trump’s former lawyer told lawmakers he had never asked for and would not accept a trump forgiveness. But several sources told CNN’s Gloria Borger that the prospect of forgiveness was raised more than once between Cohen’s lawyer and lawyers representing the president.

The case is being investigated in Congress after Cohn’s public and private testimony before three congressional committees over the past two weeks.

The question is whether it was an attempt to request forgiveness or offer a forgiveness in exchange for the cooperation that will be imprisoned in May after recognizing taxes and economic crimes and lying to the congress. [19659003] Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Democrat chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said he told Cohen that he would “nail you to the cross” if he didn’t tell the truth to lawmakers again.

“I’m going to study the transcript. First, it’s No. 1. I’ll see what the accusations are and then I’ll go there,” Cummings told CNN’s Manu Raju.

Trump is not waiting for any inquiry to take another shot at his former legal fixer, tweeting an MSNBC headline: “Cohen’s lawyer opposes Coh’s testimony of never seeking a presidency.

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