Paul Manafort lucked up and got less than four years in prison for bank fraud and tax evasion.
The judge made a point that he wasn’t going to give Paul Manafort the lengthy prison sentence Robert Mueller’s team recommended because the case was about bank fraud and tax evasion and not colluding with Russia. Federal District Court Judge T.S. Ellis
said he was handing down the light sentence because it was too “excessive for this case.” Mueller and his team
asked that Manafort be sentenced to 19 to 24 years in prison and ordered to pay a $24 million fine. Judge Ellis sentenced Manafort
to less than 4 years in prison and ordered him to pay a $50,000.
Due to Manafort
serving 9 months in prison, he will only have to serve 3 years and 2 months in federal prison.
Paul Manafort, who replaced Corey Lewandowski as the campaign manager for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, has a long history of doing business with Russian and Ukrainian business men.
Manafort’s history of doing business with Russian and Ukrainian businessmen and his falsification of bank loan documents led to a federal jury in Virginia finding him guilty on 8 counts of bank fraud and tax evasion.
Manfort’s lengthy history with the Russians made many question the role Russia had in helping Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) removing from their party’s platform the support for an independent Ukraine from Russia and the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting are the two cases that stand out and point to Manafort possibly using his Russian connections to help Donald Trump become the 45th president of the United States.
When asked about why the RNC’s statement on supporting an independent Ukraine was removed, Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that he wasn’t involved in that decision. Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who attended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, has admitted to being a Russian informant.
Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner deny any wrong doing on their parts.
Donald Trump denies the claims that he and his campaign worked with the Russians in order to win the 2016 presidential election.
Today, Donald Trump told the press that Paul Manafort’s sentence is evidence that Robert Mueller’s investigation is a “collusion witch hoax.”