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Manafort Breaks Down And Becomes Desperate, Begs Court To Go Easy On Him

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The current administration is falling apart by the day. It has been over two years since the Justice Department commissioned former Director of the FBI Robert S. Mueller to investigate claims that the 2016 campaign to elect then GOP candidate Donald Trump as President of the United States and leader of the free world during the presidential election colluded with Russian state actors in order to steal the result of the election and therefore the White House from rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and then committed obstruction of justice afterwards in a desperate attempt to cover up what they had done.

The former chair of that campaign, Paul Manafort, was clearly always going to be in trouble. The Mueller probe may have been a little slow in getting itself off the ground, but we are now at a point where significant progress has been made, especially in the case of Paul Manafort. The longtime adviser to the President and close confidant of the Trump family has been charged with a whole bunch of crimes and is now in court, where a federal judge is making decisions about his future.

New reports emerging from the proceedings of that lawsuit will embarass Manafort and his team greatly, because they are extremely humiliating. As it turns out, Manafort has been spending his time in court essentially begging the judge to go easy on him, claiming that he is “remorseful for his misdeeds” and citing “deteriorating health”. So, he is trying desperately to portray himself as an old, sick man who is very sorry for all those things he did a long time ago, in the hope that that will make the judge show mercy and give him a more lenient sentence.

This is pretty extraordinary, given the seriousness of the case we are talking about here. Manafort’s lawyers reportedly said in court:

“We respectfully request that the Court impose a sentence significantly below the statutory maximum sentence in this case. Mr. Manafort has been punished substantially, including the forfeiture of most of his assets. In light of his age and health concerns, a significant additional period of incarceration will likely amount to a life sentence for a first time offender.” 

Given that Robert Mueller recently came out publicly to make a scathing statement against Manafort, saying he “repeatedly and brazenly” broke the law, it is quite incredible that the Manafort team thought this would work.


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