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Judge Blasts Manafort’s ‘Contempt’ for the Law as She Sentences Him for Felony Conspiracy Convictions

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Sentenced to Additional Three and a Half Years – About Seven and a Half Total

Former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to just over six years for two felony counts of conspiracy related to money laundering and obstruction of justice. Last week, in what experts say was a surprising and generous diversion from norms, Manafort was sentenced to just 47 months when guidelines specified about two decades.

Buzzfeed’s Zoe Tillman breaks it down:

It’s effectively an additional 43 months on top of the 47 months he received last week, for a total of about seven and a half years.

MSNBC’s Pete Williams calls today’s sentence “relatively light.”

“He’ll get out of prison when he’s roughly 75 or 76 years old,” depending on if he gets out early, Williams added. Manafort will turn 70 on April 1.

“The Office of Special Counsel proved beyond a preponderance of evidence that Mr. Manafort intentionally gave false testimony with respect to that matter which was one of several matters in regards to false statement with regard to Mr. Klimnik,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said early during today’s hearing.

Judge Jackson blasted Manafort’s “contempt” for the law and “his belief he had the right to manipulate these proceedings.” She also said Manafort’s “career was spent gaming the system.”

“If the people don’t have the facts, democracy doesn’t work,” she also told Manafort and his attorneys.

Judge Jackson also addressed the defense’s arguments about Manafort and collusion.

“It’s hard to understand why an attorney would write that,” she said. “No collusion” is “simply a non-sequitur,” she added, as CNN reports.

Manafort, in a wheelchair and wearing a suit, chose to address the court.

“I am sorry for what I have done,” he said, in contrast to showing no remorse last week. He also claimed he is a different person now.

“As I’ve sat in solitary confinement, I’ve reflected on my life and can see I’ve behaved in ways that did not always comport with my personal values,” Manafort said, as The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand reports, adding, “my behavior in the future will be very different.”

Federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told Judge Jackson, “Mr. Manafort committed crimes that undermined our political process.”

“At each junction,” Weissmnan added, “Mr. Manafort chose to take a different path. He has not learned a harsh lesson. He served to undermine, not promote, American ideals of honesty, transparency and playing by the rules.”

Judge Amy Berman Jackson effectively telegraphed Wednesday morning Manafort’s sentence would not be “clean up” for the light sentence passed down last week by Judge T.S. Ellis.

 

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Kayleigh McEnany Says Trump ‘Very Likely’ Will Nominate New Supreme Court Justice Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Buried

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, mostly likely by Tuesday. The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court. The date of her funeral, which will be a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, has not even been announced yet.

Asked if the nomination would be announced “before Wednesday,” she replied, “I think that’s very likely.”

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Monday morning also hinted the announcement would come Tuesday.

 

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Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls

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President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”

He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.

Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.

CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.

Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.

Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.

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Trump: Republicans Must Fill Supreme Court Seat ‘Without Delay’

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President Donald Trump Saturday morning, barely 12 hours after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, announced his intention to fill her seat “without delay.”

The president said the Republican Party has been handed the “position of power and importance” to make decisions for those who elected them.

“We have this obligation,” he insisted, ignoring his obligation to balance decision-making by remembering he is president of the entire country, not just the red states.

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