Trump Chimes in on Manafort 😬

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Remind me about Manafort

Paul Manafort Jr. is a D.C. lobbyist, political consultant and lawyer. He's lobbied the U.S. government on behalf of foreign leaders and served as President Trump’s campaign chairman for a few months in 2016. He's currently under investigation by Mueller's special counsel. 

 

Multiple investigations

Prior to his involvement in Trump's campaign, the FBI began a criminal investigation into Manafort in 2014 concerning his business dealings while he was lobbying for the former President of Ukraine. He is currently facing two trials, one for tax evasion and bank fraud, and the other for failing to register as a foreign agent.



The right either completely ignores or only briefly mentions the alleged threats that have been made against the trial judge and jury. Instead, the right focuses on how the current deliberations and questions posted by the jurors are positive signs for Manafort. The right mostly ignores Trump’s remarks concerning the trial.

The left focuses on Trump’s supportive comments in response to the Manafort trial: “the whole Manafort trial is very sad...[Manafort] happens to be a very good person...” The left highlights alleged threats being received by the judge and jury of the trial. Little coverage is provided of the actual jury deliberations and open questions, which are relegated to the end of left-leaning stories. 

To comment or not to comment

President Trump isn't the first president to comment on an active trial. President Nixon publicly stated that he thought Charles Manson, a cult leader, was guilty, leading Manson’s defense team to call for a mistrial. President Obama made public comments on two cases: Henry Louis Gates, who was arrested for being in his own home, and Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot while walking home. In these cases, presidents used their office to share their personal view, potentially tainting a jury's decision. The left and right are split on if these interjections by presidents are a good thing. What do you think?

When you don't want to be on jury duty


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