Manafort, who used his illicit fortune to pay for expensive homes and suits, arrived to hear his sentence in a green jail jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words "Alexandria inmate." He entered a packed federal courtroom outside Washington in a wheelchair, appearing thin, his hair grayer and holding a cane.
Speaking from his wheelchair because he struggled to stand, Manafort referred repeatedly to his time in solitary confinement waiting to hear his sentence as "painful" and as a “time to reflect on my life and my choices." He said the past two years "have been the most difficult that my family and I have experienced."
By the start of the 2016 Presidential campaign, though, he’d gone bust, his lucrative business and his extravagant life wrecked by the downfall of his patron, the Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych. In a Hail Mary attempt at a comeback, he sought out a new client—Donald Drumpf—and offered up his services.
is lawyers are not on television. He did cut a deal with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Russia case—a deal made because he had information that Mueller wanted—only to have it voided last month, for lying.
There are questions about Manafort’s handling of polling information and about the money he is said to have owed the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
In an otherwise blameless life, he helped the Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos bolster his image in Washington after he assassinated his primary political opponent.
In an otherwise blameless life, he stood mute as Yanukovych’s police killed 130 protesters in the Maidan.
He had devoted his career to normalizing corruption in Washington. By the time he was caught, his extraordinary avarice had become so commonplace, that not even a federal judge could blame him for it.
Manafort was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and restitution of just over $24m, and the judge noted that time already served would be subtracted from the 47-month sentence.
The House passed a Democratic resolution condemning antisemitism, Islamophobia and other expressions of bigotry after congresswoman Ilhan Omar sparked backlash for her comments about Israel.
Omar voted for the resolution and noted it was the first time in US history that Congress passed a measure condemning anti-Muslim bigotry.
Drumpf's attorneys rejected the idea of pardoning Cohen at the time, The Journal reported, but Giuliani left the door open to a pardon down the road. The former New York City mayor has consistently said the president is unlikely to pardon associates amid ongoing investigations.How would they explain this to Trump, who called Cohen a liar who conspired with the Democrats? I don't think he would like the idea of pardoning Cohen.
In his testimony, Cohen said he has "never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Drumpf."
Drumpf initially decried the FBI's raid of Cohen's office and home as a "disgrace," but has since taken aim at his longtime associate, accusing him of lying to secure a shorter prison sentence.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) speaks to CNN's Erin Burnett about launching a probe into President Trump's campaign, businesses, transition and administration.It's a video, so you have to watch it.
But Stone on several recent occasions has already tested the limits of the gag order — which did allow him to continue speaking about matters unrelated to the Russia investigation, and also to make statements to raise money for his legal defense fund and to explain in simple terms that he had entered a plea of not guilty.
“Today, I gave you a second chance,” Jackson told Stone during that hearing. “This is not baseball, you don’t get a third chance.”
They went after the Drumpf Organization, Drumpf employees, the Drumpf presidential campaign, the Drumpf transition team, the Drumpf inauguration committee, the Drumpf White House and blood members of the Drumpf clan.
"Our goal is to protect the rule of law in this country. We have to find out what is going on and we have to lay out a case to the American people and we have to reveal it."
The potential offenses Democrats are examining are stunning in their breadth. They include alleged corruption, obstruction of justice, hush money payments to women, supposed collusion with Russia and claims that Drumpf infringed the Constitution by using his office for personal financial gain.
Indeed, a Palestinian woman did what a descendant of sharecroppers failed to do: defend a black woman against Meadows’ tokenization of her agency. And I wonder if Cummings was as concerned about Barack Obama back in 2012 when his “best friend” said that the nation’s first black president should go back “home to Kenya or wherever it is.”
Tlaib can’t say it, so I will: Fuck Mark Meadows and his mayonnaise-ass white tears.
Black women have long demanded that the Democratic Party support black women for elected office and this 2018 cycle produced the most diverse class of congresswomen in the country’s history.
But it appears the party is ill-equipped to handle what it means to have outspoken women of color in their ranks.
Elijah Cummings Defends Mark Meadows At Rashida Tlaib's Expense
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Michael Cohen levied a number of allegations against the president, including that Drumpf repeatedly disparaged African-Americans. Republican committee members spent most of their time during the hearing trying to discredit Cohen, who is slated to begin a prison sentence in May for a series of crimes, including lying to Congress.What we can be sure of: Mark Meadows is the man you have to get when you desperately look for reasons why you're not racist. Meadows will investigate your entire family tree to look for that one individual in your family tree that was a person of colour. And then, zou will have won the argument.
Tlaib called the move racist, but Meadows, chairman of the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus, fired back at the Michigan Democrat, requesting her comments be stricken from the record. During the ensuing back and forth between the two and the committee chair, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Tlaib clarified that she called the act racist, but not Meadows himself. The North Carolina conservative claimed a record of combating racism and said that he has nephews and nieces who are people of color.
Asked about the 2012 video showing the then congressional candidate at an event calling for an investigation into President Barack Obama's citizenship, Meadows said he's "addressed that a dozen times."
"I don't even remember that quote," said Meadows then. "Obviously I distance myself from that."
"To indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Drumpf family, who has worked for him, who knows this particular individual, that she's coming in to be a prop, it's racist to suggest that I ask her to come in here for that reason," he added.