President Trump’s former election campaign manager, Paul Manafort, got some really bad news yesterday. His bail was revoked due to alleged witness tampering and he will be in jail until at least next September when his trial for 40 varied counts against him takes place. This is after top Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, a crooked attorney and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter who attended her election night party, petitioned the court to toss Manafort in jail. If the 69-year-old is found guilty, he may very well never see the outside world again. Unless of course, according to Robert Mueller, he flips on President Trump.
Manafort is a long-time Republican operative and businessman. He is well known in DC circles and has been for decades. He’s also become the number one target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. There wasn’t, but for over a year and a half, Mueller has tried to make it stick. Manafort has been indicted on mostly financial-related charges, including conspiring to launder money and defraud the United States. These charges go back more than 12 years and are arguably far outside of Mueller’s stated purview in this matter.
Manafort has pleaded not guilty on all counts and has until this week been under home confinement in Virginia. He was required to wear an electronic monitoring device. But last week, Mueller charged him with witness tampering in the case. Manafort pleaded not guilty to that charge on Friday, but U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington revoked his bail, sending him to jail. “I have no appetite for this … But in the end, I cannot turn a blind eye,” she said. “You’ve abused the trust placed in you.” Right. I think she has a huge appetite for this and is in cahoots with Mueller.
From Gateway Pundit:
“Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said on Friday that Paul Manafort may never again “see the outside of a jail cell” after his house arrest arrangement was revoked on Friday.
“President Trump’s former campaign chairman appeared in court after special counsel Robert Mueller asked a judge to revoke his pretrial release conditions, accusing him of attempting to tamper with potential witnesses.
“During the hearing, the judge revoked Manafort’s bail and ordered him to jail.
““Just to put this in historical perspective, what broke the Watergate case was when James McCord got a 25-year sentence,” Akerman said when asked about the hearing while appearing on MSNBC’s “Velshi & Ruhle.” “He was one of the Watergate burglars. He got a 25-year sentence. He was sitting in jail because that’s what made him crack and cooperate.”
“But Akerman noted that Manafort, who is 69 years old, could soon be facing life in jail.”
Manafort did not react to his bail being revoked, other than to briefly wave to his wife before they herded him out a door in the back of the crowded courtroom, witnesses said. His spokesman did not respond to requests for comment on the decision. Manafort’s legal defense fund asked in a Twitter post, “Why is he the target of a partisan investigation?” In other words, this is a political witch hunt and Manafort is going to be sacrificed for it by Mueller.
President Trump was very unhappy at the turn of events and said that it was unfair to send Manafort to jail. “Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob,” Trump wrote. “Very unfair!” Rumor has it that President Trump may pardon Manafort. Giuliani has hinted at it as well. If that happens, the left is going to explode.
There has not been one shred of credible evidence that ties Trump or his campaign to the Russians. Mueller would love to get Manafort to give Trump up on a charge of obstruction of justice or collusion. It’s not going to happen because there is not there. Manafort is due to go on trial in Washington in September and faces another trial on related charges in Virginia in July. He may not be pure as the driven snow and he does do business with the Russians, but that does not mean Trump does, nor does it mean Manafort broke the law. Not only that but the charges they are going after Manafort on look like they are mostly puffed up charges just to put him behind bars.
The charges against him in Washington include failing to register as a foreign agent for the pro-Russia Ukrainian government under former President Viktor Yanukovych. The very same thing that the Podestas are guilty of and yet they are walking around free as a bird. Manafort resigned in August 2016 following a news report he had received possibly illegal payments from Yanukovych’s political party.
Hours after Manafort’s bail was revoked on Friday, Mueller’s office told the court it would introduce evidence at trial that Manafort sought to circumvent Ukrainian public procurement law by masking the size of payments to a U.S. law firm that wrote a report aimed at discrediting Yanukovych’s chief political rival. In a June 8 indictment, Manafort and longtime aide, Konstantin Kilimnik, were accused of tampering with witnesses about their past lobbying for the Ukraine. Kilimnik, whom Mueller’s office says has ties to Russian intelligence, could not be reached for comment. They were accused of attempting to call, text and send encrypted messages starting in February to two people from a political discussion group called the Hapsburg Group that worked with Manafort to promote the Ukraine’s interests in a bid to sway their testimony.
Manafort’s attorneys think the evidence of witness tampering is very thin and weak. Mueller may also go after Manafort for “falsely represented business expenses on his tax returns and that Manafort, his business partner Richard Gates and Kilimnik structured loans between Cypriot companies they controlled to avoid recognizing those funds as taxable income.” Mueller intends to ‘Al Capone’ Manafort.
Mueller wants Manafort to cut a plea deal and then cooperate in taking President Trump down. “Either he can double down in his resolve to fight it or it’s the last straw and it breaks his will and he decides to work out a plea bargain,” Michael Zeldin, a former federal prosecutor, told Reuters. All of this smells to high heaven and just should not be allowed. It’s political persecution plain and simple.