President Trump continues to lie about the facts and the ruling by Judge TS Ellis in the Paul Manafort trial.
Republians have followed along by claiming that Manafort’s case proves there is no collusion between Russia and President Trump. So, either Republicans and President Trump don’t know how to read, or are lying on purpose.
Manafort’s first case was a financial fraud case. That’s it. Judge Ellis even warned before the trial to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that collusion and Russia better not be mentioned, and guess what? It never was.
In one of Trump’s tweets, he posted:
“Both the Judge and the lawyer in the Paul Manafort case stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia.”
What Judge T.S. Ellis made clear before sentencing Manafort to 47 months in prison was that he was “not before the court for any allegations that he or anybody under his direction colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.”
In the meantime, flirting with a presidential pardon that will lead to a constitutional crisis and impeachment, Trump continues to dangle the idea before Manafort.
Fact is he won’t. Trump is stringing Manafort along. We know that to be the case because even with a plea deal with Mueller’s office, Manafort continued to lie federal investigators and relayed messages to the White House, resulting in his plea deal being invalidated.
Speaking with reporters, Trump said he “feels very badly for Paul Manafort.” I think it has been a very tough time for him.”
Even if Trump issues a pardon, as I’ve argued from the beginning, the President only has power as to federal convictions, meaning the states can purse Manafort on their own and that is exactly what they are doing.
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Manafort faces sentencing this upcoming week before Judge Amy Jackson who is unlikely to be as lenient as Judge Ellis.
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Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.