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OpinionFour Lessons From the Manafort Sentencing

16:35  14 march  2019
16:35  14 march  2019 Source:   theatlantic.com

Mueller argues Manafort has not accepted responsibility

Mueller argues Manafort has not accepted responsibility Special counsel Robert Mueller is pushing back on Paul Manafort's claim that he has accepted responsibility for his crimes and deserves a lighter sentence. "The defendant blames everyone from the Special Counsel's Office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices," Mueller said in a response Tuesday to the former Trump campaign chairman's sentencing memo. "Manafort suggests, for example , that but for the appointment of the Special Counsel's Office, he would not have been charged in connection with hiding more than $55 million abroad, failing to pay more than $6 million in taxes, and defrauding three financial institutions of more than $25 milli

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort , President Trump’s former campaign chairman who was sentenced last week to nearly four years in prison, was ordered on Wednesday to serve an additional three and a half years for conspiracy, closing out the special counsel’s highest-profile prosecution.

Paul Manafort , President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman, faces up to 10 years in prison in his second and final round of sentencing on This sentence comes in addition to the nearly four years he received last week from a federal judge in Virginia on tax and bank fraud charges also

Four Lessons From the Manafort Sentencing© Yuri Gripas / Reuters

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Earlier today, Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison by Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C. This sentence will run concurrently with the 47-month sentence that Manafort received from Judge T. S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Virginia, last week. Moments after Manafort was sentenced, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. unsealed a 16-count indictment against the man for mortgage fraud, alleging that he falsely inflated the value of certain properties he owned in New York to secure larger mortgage loans. It’s been a busy day in the court system, and not an especially good day for Manafort.

Paul Manafort faces 1st sentencing for financial crimes

Paul Manafort faces 1st sentencing for financial crimes Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, will face sentencing on Thursday in one of two cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Paul Manafort , the political consultant and Trump presidential campaign chairman whose lucrative work in Ukraine and ties to well-connected Russians made him a target of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III

The Manafort sentence is a miscarriage of justice, but let’s not learn the wrong lesson from this travesty. The goal here really shouldn’t be to find a way to incarcerate the ostrich-wearing white man for just as long as a similarly situated black man would be sent to prison. The goal must be to reduce the

But what are we, as citizens, to take away from today’s events? Here are a few thoughts:

First, and most obviously, the criminal-justice system seems to have worked. Last week, many commentators were decrying the perceived lenity of Ellis’s sentence. Today Jackson offered a systemic correction. Given Manafort’s age and the severity of his crimes, seven and a half years seems about right. It’s actually on the high end for similar offenses. And given his age, Manafort may well die in jail, which cannot be a happy prospect for him.

Second, and more important for the American public, the New York authorities have made clear that they are willing to serve as a pardon insurance policy for America. In recent months, much has been made of the possibility that Trump will issue pardons to his friends and relatives as a way of insulating his conduct from criminal scrutiny. Were he to do so, the only legitimate federal response would be to consider that conduct as a potential ground for impeachment—a highly problematic endeavor, to be sure. But the president’s pardon power runs only as far as federal law goes. It does not, and cannot, reach allegations of state criminal conduct. Thus, even were Trump to issue a full and complete pardon to Manafort for all the crimes he has committed, that move would not excuse Manafort from answering the New York State charges.

Giuliani hits NYT, says paper suggests judges are politically influenced in sentencing

Giuliani hits NYT, says paper suggests judges are politically influenced in sentencing President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Friday hit The New York Times, saying its reporting on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is suggesting that federal judges are politically motivated when they hand down prison sentences. "You'd figure that if you got four here, then you'd get a concurrent [sentence]," Giuliani told co-host Buck Sexton on Hill.TV's "Rising," referring to Judge T.S. Ellis III sentencing Manafo rt to almost four years in prison on Thursday. Manafort was convicted of eight felonies in a Virginia federal court last year. Federal sentencing guidelines advised for a prison sentence of between 19 1/2 and 24 years.

Paul Manafort , President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was sentenced to almost four years in prison on a series of tax and bank fraud At a sentencing hearing, Manafort reportedly wore a green jumpsuit and was in a wheelchair, and he spoke to the court and told the judge, “I know it is

Attorney: Four Years Is Right Sentence for Manafort . There’s outrage aplenty over what many on the left are calling the “lenient” and “perverted” four -year prison sentence handed down Thursday on Paul Manafort . But David Oscar Markus at The Hill says federal Judge T.S. Ellis “should be commended

A caveat: There might be issues about the provability of these state-level crimes, and there is even a possibility that unique New York law might give Manafort a double-jeopardy claim to avoid prosecution. But overall, the New York indictment is a reminder that the states (all 50 of them) have a function in the criminal drama that is playing out on the public stage. And Vance just auditioned for a starring role.

Third, the New York indictment is not good news for Trump, personally. The Manhattan prosecutor has brought charges of fraud against Manafort for falsely inflating the value of certain real-estate properties he owned for mortgage purposes. Those allegations find a strong echo in the recent congressional testimony of the former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who said the president engaged in the exact same course of conduct in his personal capacity—inflating real-estate values to increase his net worth when it suited him, and then deflating those same values to avoid taxation. The parallelism cannot have been accidental, and might indicate that New York authorities are examining how the president conducted his real-estate business with a fine-tooth comb. Trump may yet come to regret having won election for the unwanted scrutiny it has brought him.

GOP senator says he was surprised at sentence for 'sleazoid' Manafort

GOP senator says he was surprised at sentence for 'sleazoid' Manafort Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Sunday he was surprised at the length of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's sentence last week. "I thought it would be longer," Kennedy said on "Face the Nation." "Mr. Manafort is a grifter," he continued. "He used to be a partner with Roger Stone. He's, I'm sorry, Margaret, he's just a sleazoid. He's always played at the margins." © Stefani Reynolds GOP senator says he was surprised at sentence for 'sleazoid' Manafort Kennedy refrained from criticizing the judge in the case, Judge T.S.

Paul Manafort Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Prison. WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort , the disgraced Republican operative and former Trump campaign chairman Manafort ’s defense lawyers had lobbied for him to receive a much more lenient punishment, saying he’d learned a “harsh lesson .”

The Manafort Sentence . TPM Illustration/Getty Images. By Josh Marshall. I don’t know if anyone anticipated Paul Manafort receiving such a vast downward revision from the sentencing guidelines – just under four years when federal sentencing guidelines leaned toward more than twenty (19-24

And finally, as bad as this news is for Trump, it is likely even worse news for the Trump Organization—now also possibly in Vance’s crosshairs for real-estate shenanigans. An individual’s criminal liability often turns, in the end, on his intent, or what lawyers call his mens rea. And in a big organization, it is sometimes plausible that top-level leadership was unaware of activities occurring within the company. Or, more accurately, it is often the case that prosecutors cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a particular individual knew what was happening. In the long run, that might be the case with Trump and his empire.

But what is true for an individual is generally not true for an organization. The organization’s intent is the sum of the knowledge of all its employees and managers. And thus, for an institution such as the Trump Organization, the question is not so much “Who knew what?” as “Did someone in the company know something?”

This was not a good day for Manafort. In the larger context of America’s interest in the rule of law, it may well be remembered as an excellent one.

Trump mum on Manafort pardon: 'It's a very sad situation'.
President Trump said Wednesday he feels "very badly" for Paul Manafort after his former campaign chairman's prison sentence was increased to 7 ½ years, but would not say if he would offer Manafort a pardon. "It's a very sad situation," Trump told reporters at the White House. "Certainly on a human basis, it's a very sad thing. I feel badly for him." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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