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Manaforts last hope sits in the White house

The amount of the judgment should not have surprised Paul Manafort most of all. 47 months, three years and eleven months. If it remains, then, the former campai

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Manaforts last hope sits in the White house

The amount of the judgment should not have surprised Paul Manafort most of all. 47 months, three years and eleven months. If it remains, then, the former campaign Manager of U.S. President Donald Trump has a good chance to spend his evening of Life with his two grandchildren. The Prosecutor from the Team of special investigator Robert Mueller had called for 19 to 25 years. Paul Manafort is next month, 70 years of age. With such a punishment, he would not have left prison is expected to live.

Maybe that Federal judge Thomas Selby Ellis has Packed a kind of pity, as he saw Manafort on Thursday afternoon in his courtroom in Alexandria, sitting up. The legend of gout sufferers accused was in a wheelchair at his place to push, reports the observer. He was wearing green prison clothes, "Alexandria Inmate" in white letters on his back. The hair is no longer jet black colored, close to nine months, when he entered for the last Time in freedom in a court hall. But grey. And his voice more space was not filling. But so quietly that the judge had to ask him to speak a little louder. "To say I felt humiliated and ashamed, would be a big understatement," said Manafort.

Manafort offered the judge the picture of a broken man. Ellis decided that the claims of the Prosecutor as excessive and the case is not appropriate. Nevertheless, of the six previous Trump-Familiar, which has brought special investigator Mueller before the court, the penalty for Manafort so far, the highest.

No apologies, no regrets

insight, but Manafort showed. A few minutes only, he himself spoke at the hearing, it was no longer a question of whether he goes to prison. A Jury had found Manafort already the end of August from various tax and financial offenses guilty. But only to the number of years.

Manafort admitted in his statement that his "own decisions" would have brought him to this point in his life. A word of apology or remorse came to him but on the lips. What judge Ellis noted: "you have not said, "I regret to have me, the law is kept". This will not affect my criminal decision. But I hope you will think about it again."

judge Ellis made clear that his Offences were very serious. And that special investigator Mueller've done right, Manafort bring to court. Manaforts financial scams are not necessarily in the context of the determination order, the Mueller. To clarify above all whether and the extent to which Russia has attempted to manipulate the US election in 2016. And if Trump or his campaign Team may have worked with the Russian government, in order to win the presidential election.

The process had not held up to judge Ellis, the Mueller Team, however, that it go to the even in the core of the matter is, to pursue Manaforts financial crimes. But use this only as a lever to Manafort move to cooperate with the investigators in the Russia thing. Information against Criminal mitigation, that would have been the Deal.

On the Manafort however, in this method, not embedded. The leniency of the punishment has to get Manafort now however. Apart from the offences for which he is standing now before the court, have Manafort "a unbescholtenes life", gave him the judge. Apparently, Ellis didn't want to give to the defendant a high penalty quasi for life.

judge Jackson should not have so much Understanding

Next week but the next hearing. Then, Manafort sit in Washington, the Federal judge Amy Jackson. And has so far shown little sympathy with Manafort. She was, it left him in June 2018 in the detention block. In this second method, Manafort, in September, had known, with virtually the last second of guilty, against the interests of the United States conspiring to have witnesses influenced. In addition, he stated his willingness to cooperate with Mueller. In return, Mueller dropped a number of other charges.

However, his people Manafort later prove that he has you and the FBI then repeatedly lied to. What judge Jackson saw in mid-February in large Parts the same. Among other things, he has hidden the fact that he let a certain Konstantin Kilimnik survey data of the Trump campaign. Kilimnik is said to have the best contacts to Russian intelligence services.

Manaforts Deal with Mueller was therefore void. In addition, it has proven to be Manafort for the investigators, apparently, also else as worthless. Most of what had Manafort to say, "we already knew or had already documented," said Greg Andres on Thursday before the court. He is head of the Manafort investigations in the Mueller Team.

Manafort more years in prison therefore in the coming week. For both Offences, judge Jackson could impose up to five years in prison. In addition, you will have to decide whether her sentence will be added to those Manafort get. Or whether both penalties are offset against each other.

Trump could intervene

In the best case, it is then for Manafort in the nearly four years imposed by judge Ellis against him. In the worst case, judge Jackson punished him with an additional ten years, resulting in about 14 years. If it comes to that, then Manafort would only be 84-years-old again.

A Chance Manafort has but still: U.S. President Donald Trump could pardon him. The step would be a good fit in the logic of the story, the Trump on the Mueller investigation, told: Everything is just one of the Democrats set in motion a witch-hunt against him. To pardon Manafort a strong Signal to all send, the rag still in order, whether you want to cooperate with Mueller: would, in addition, don't worry, nothing will happen to you.

Manaforts lawyer seems to place some hope in Trumps Begnadigungs-Power. After the hearing on Thursday, he had only one message for the waiting reporters outside the courthouse: There is in relation to its clients, no evidence that there has been a collaboration between the campaign Manager Manafort and Russia. The message was clearly addressed to Manaforts former boss. To US President Donald Trump. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 08.03.2019, 08:07 PM

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