Democrats Claim Judge Was Too Lenient With Paul Manafort Sentencing

Democrats Claim Judge Was Too Lenient With Paul Manafort Sentencing

Democrats Claim Judge Was Too Lenient With Paul Manafort Sentencing

The media and Democrats really wanted Paul Manafort to be guilty of collusion with Russia. They also wanted him to spend the rest of his life in prison. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III gaveled those wishes into dust yesterday.

“Paul Manafort, who once served as President Trump’s campaign chairman, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Thursday for cheating on his taxes and bank fraud — a far lesser sentence than the roughly 20 years he had faced under federal sentencing guidelines.

U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III called that guidelines calculation “excessive” and sentenced the longtime lobbyist instead to 47 months in prison.”

Needless to say, people were not amused. They so badly wanted this to be about Trump colluding with Russia, when in fact the case itself was about tax and bank fraud.

“Manafort’s trial documented his career as an international lobbyist whose profligate spending habits were part of the evidence showing he’d cheated the Internal Revenue Service out of $6 million by hiding $16 million in income.

At the outset of the hearing, Ellis addressed the larger special counsel investigation, saying Manafort was not convicted “for anything to do with Russian colluding in the presidential election.”

But the judge also rejected Manafort’s attorneys’ claims that the lack of any such evidence undermined the case, saying he had considered that issue at the beginning of the case. “I concluded that it was legitimate” for the special counsel to charge Manafort with financial crimes, Ellis said.”

Yet that didn’t matter to the media nor the Democrats. Here are a couple of the media headlines.

CNN:  A shockingly lenient sentence for Paul Manafort

NBC:  Manafort’s light sentence slammed as ‘disrespectful,’ ‘lenient,’ ‘an outrage’

The reactions are honestly kind of funny and well..embarrassing. 

“”As a former prosecutor, I’m embarrassed,” said NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner, speaking Thursday on MSNBC. “As an American, I’m upset … I am just as disappointed with Judge Ellis. It’s an outrage and it’s disrespectful of the American people.””

Lawrence Tribe is really mad.

“”Judge Ellis has inexcusably perverted justice and the guidelines,” Harvard Law School professor and Trump critic Laurence Tribe”

Let’s not forget about the Democrats and their reactions. Judge Ellis should’ve recused himself according to Congresscritter Gerald Connolly (D-VA)

In other words, you didn’t sentence Manafort the way WE wanted so you must go! Let’s blame the judge!

No wait! That’s not it. Someone paid the judge!

It’s funny how the Dem/media complex viewed the sentencing guidelines as rules. It’s highly evident that they don’t understand the meaning of guidelines. Hence the screams that the judge was too lenient and that someone bought him off.

The whataboutism is something to behold.

I have to agree with Piers Morgan here.

Manafort’s legal troubles are far from over as he faces sentencing in a different court in the near future. For those screaming that the sentencing was too lenient, it’s not that he was slapped on the wrist, the fines are going to hit his pocketbook hard. 

“In addition to 47 months in prison, Ellis ordered Manafort to pay a $50,000 fine and approximately $24 million in restitution, and to spend an additional three years on federal supervision. Ellis said the nine months Manafort has already spent in jail should count against his total sentence.”

Everyone really wanted a harsher sentence as if that would somehow make the Russia! Trump! Collusion! thing a reality. That didn’t happen and the tantrums have been quite epic.

Feature Photo Credit: Shawn Thew, EPA-EFE, via Creative Commons, cropped and modified

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  • Scott says:

    How long was hillary’s sentence for misuse of classified information, destruction of evidence, lying to the FBI, etc??? ooh, that’s right, SHE WASN’T EVEN CHARGED!!!.. interesting how the libs ignore that little fact.. Add in Obama’s use of executive powers he didn’t have, and holders contempt of congress… I guess they’re right, there is a double standard.. maybe AOC should do a little research before opening her yap..

  • GWB says:

    It’s funny how the Dem/media complex viewed the sentencing guidelines as rules.
    Meh. Conservatives gripe about it all the time. It’s why conservatives pushed for mandatory sentencing guidelines decades ago.
    If we adopted my bifurcated sentencing system (restitution and minimum sentence) we could probably get a much more manageable setup.

    Mostly the left is mad because they can’t point and say “Look how long Trump’s buddy got in prison! Trump must be dirty, too!”

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