Leftists rage when judge hands down ‘light’ Manafort sentence — that has nothing to do with Russian collusion

Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court on June 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. - A judge revoked Manafort's bail and sent him to jail over claims he was tampering with witnesses in the case against him brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Democrat Party, its left-wing media enablers and special counsel Robert Mueller were all served a veritable smackdown Thursday when the judge presiding over Paul Manafort’s case defied Mueller’s request and handed the 69-year-old political consultant a sentence of only four years.

“To impose a sentence of 19-24 years on Mr. Manafort would clearly be a disparity. In the end, I don’t think the guidelines range is at all appropriate,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled, citing the special counsel’s demand that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman spend up to a quarter of a century behind bars for white-collar financial crimes.

“I think what I’ve done is sufficiently punitive — and anyone who disagrees should try spending a day in a federal penitentiary. And he’s spending 47 months,” Ellis continued.

The judge, a Navy veteran appointed to the court in 1987 by then-President Ronald Reagan, added that Manafort is to receive credit for time served, meaning he’s only looking at another 38 months before he’s freed and allowed to return home to his wife and kids.

The Democrat Party and its media enablers disagree with the ruling. By Friday morning dozens of “analysis” pieces and columns had been published by the media panning the judge’s decision.

“Paul Manafort gets 47 months. Legal experts and advocates share examples of people who got more time for less,” a headline at CNN reads.

As an example, the notoriously far-left outlet highlighted the case of a convicted felon who illegally voted in the 2016 presidential election — for then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, no less — while on parole for a tax fraud conviction, and the case of a crack cocaine dealer.

Similar headlines and narratives can be found at New York magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, MSNBC, Business Insider, etc.

Even more caustic rhetoric from America’s “journalists” may be seen on Twitter:

Congressional Democrats have been just as sour, with socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez going so far as to suggest Ellis had been bribed by Manafort:

Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff suggested that Manafort may be seeking a pardon. His evidence? Following the sentencing, Manafort’s attorney made a statement to the media reaffirming what Ellis had said about there being no collusion.

“He is not before the court for anything having to do with colluding with the Russian government to influence the election,” Ellis had said in court.

“I think most importantly what you saw today is the same thing we had said from day one: There is absolutely no evidence that Paul Manafort was involved with any collusion with any government official from Russia,” Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing said after the sentencing.



In response to Manafort’s attorney speaking facts, Schiff cried foul.

“The statement by Paul Manafort’s lawyer after an already lenient sentence — repeating the President’s mantra of no collusion — was no accident. It was a deliberate appeal for a pardon,” he tweeted. “One injustice must not follow another.”

Some would argue that the real injustice is Mueller’s use of “unfettered power,” as Ellis himself put it last year, to destroy Manafort’s life so as to get to and expose the president’s alleged and still-unproven crimes.

As for Manafort, whom the left has portrayed as a monster for hiding his income from the government, not paying his fair share in taxes and defrauding two banks, he seemed depressed.

“Humiliated and shamed would be a gross understatement… My life is personally and professionally in shambles,” he said in court Thursday of his life circumstances and the convictions he’s received. “The man I have seen described in public is not a man I recognize.”

He’s slated to be sentenced next week in Washington, D.C., by a different judge for two additional crimes: witness tampering and conspiracy.



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