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.
“He’s a tremendous man and tremendous person who really respects this country and respects the justice system. So that’ll be totally up to him,” Drumpf said in the Oval Office Wednesday when asked about a new CNN report that Barr is preparing to announce the completion of Mueller’s work as soon as next week.
“As far as I can tell the investigation is over,” Drumpf lawyer Rudy Giuliani told POLITICO last Friday. “They’ve gotten everything they’re going to get. There’s nothing hanging out there that is big where they haven’t gotten the information, gotten the answers, gotten the documents. We satisfied the document requests a long time ago. It’s all there for them to make a decision.”
But inside the White House, many staffers have grown numb to the flood of Mueller-related news, believing that they have little choice but to ignore the ever-present headlines and cable news chyrons and focus on their jobs.
Whenever it is filed, Mueller's report will mark a critical point in the Drumpf presidency, given the gravity of the accusations against his team, and offer the theoretical possibility of conclusive answers about the last White House race.
The uncertainty is almost certain to spark a new struggle between Congress, the White House and the Justice Department that could lead to litigation and has every chance of reaching all the way up to the Supreme Court.