Paul Manafort is Officially Off to Prisonđź‘®

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Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutte

47 months...

On Thursday, Trump’s former campaign manager and high-profile political consultant was sentenced to almost four years in prison for tax cheating and bank fraud. The case was held in Northern Virginia, where the former Trump adviser was originally indicted on 18 accounts of fraud. Ultimately, the jury only convicted him of eight of those charges.

Weak sentence? 

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Manafort could have been sentenced anywhere from 19 to 24 years in prison. In fact, prosecutors from the Mueller investigation called for a similar range of possible sentencing. However, Judge T.S Ellis described the recommendations as â€śexcessive,” claiming that Manafort had “otherwise lived a blameless life.”


LEANING LEFT:

Washington Post: Paul Manafort sentenced to about 4 years in prison in Virginia case

The Atlantic: Paul Manafort’s sentencing isn’t a moment of closure

The left largely portrays Manafort’s first (and most likely not his last) sentencing of four years as the near-culmination to his epic downfall. This side believes that the Virginia case is only the beginning to Manafort’s woes. The left anticipates that Manafort’s lies and conspiracies will catch up to him next week in D.C. federal court.

LEANING RIGHT:

Washington Examiner: Blow to Mueller as Paul Manafort gets under four years in prison

FOX News: Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison on bank and tax fraud charges

The right instead focuses on how weak the four year sentence as compared to the 19 to 24 years that Mueller’s prosecutors fervently argued for. They note that Manafort will probably be released in less than two years, which would be a massively embarrassing shock to the Mueller team.


Another sentence is looming

We’ll be seeing a lot more on Manafort in the next week, as he is set to be sentenced again in Washington, D.C. This time, Manafort is being charged on two accounts of conspiracy by the Mueller special counsel investigation for his suspicious involvement in Ukrainian lobbying. The maximum sentence in 10 years, and it will be very interesting to see how Judge Amy Berman Jackson decides to handle the case.

It's definitely SOMETHING.

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