Wednesday, March 13, 2019

It’s not over: New York Charges Paul Manafort With 16 Crimes. If He’s Convicted, Trump Can’t Pardon Him.

Could it be any clearer, Manafort’s folks are appealing for a pardon?

Wow -- Manafort's attorney, Kevin Downing, is shouted down outside the courthouse after he falsely claims "2 courts have ruled no evidence of any collusion with any Russians."

Judge ABJ: "His life is not over. And he's going to have the opportunity to make something positive out of this, as he's suggested he will do."

Jackson says the "the no collusion refrain" that runs through defense documents has no relevance here. "The 'no collusion' mantra is simply a non-sequitur." Not particularly persuasive to say an investigation hasn't found anything when you've lied to investigators, she says.

This. It was Judge Ellis who failed the public, not ABJ. ABJ’s thoughtful and measured sentencing means @paulManafort gets 7.5 years BEFORE Manafort is charged on the substance of Trump Russia. Berman Jackson correctly noted collusion was “not resolved’.

Manafort’s sentence in DC: 73 months, 30 months run concurrent with EDVA on Count I, an additional 43 months run consecutive

BREAKING: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance unseals 15 fraud and conspiracy charges against Paul Manafort.

Manafort laundered $11M to promote the FARA violations, Weissmann says. "When investigators were on to Manafort, he lied repeatedly to DOJ. He then tampered with 2 witnesses to avoid getting caught."

Jackson said she appreciated Manafort's comments today, but found it "striking" he chose not to write something to her in advance of sentencing, which she said many defendants have done, incl. those who haven't finished high school or who don't speak English as a first langauge

New: Paul Manafort has apologized to a D.C. court. The former Trump campaign chairman says he is sorry for everything that has happened and claims he is a "different person" today.

Jackson says it would be "hard to overstate" the number of lies and the extent of the fraud, "and there is no good expalantion that would warrant the leniency requested"

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Alan Dershowitz, one of Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers, has appeared on Fox News 27 times since major news broke about Epstein's plea deal. Fox has not asked him about it even once, according to The Daily Beast.

NEW: Mueller's office says former national security adviser Mike Flynn's cooperation with its Russia investigation is "complete." (But he could still testify in a case filed in Virginia against his business partner.)

Michael Flynn asks for delay in sentencing

So uh...Hannity just said Tucker is going on vacation

Trump admin assurances on plane's safety ring hollow abroad