Paul Manafort was sentenced to just over six years in Second Federal Case; State Prosecutors Indict Him Today
It appears to us that the Manhattan prosecutors are hedging their bets on whether Trump will pardon Manafort in the federal cases.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Paul Manafort to 73 months or just over six years. He was previously sentenced in Virginia to 47 months or just under four years. Jackson ordered that that part of her sentence is to run concurrently with the Virginia sentence.
Brett Hume had a different take on the spectacle. He said that Manafort is guilty “But there’s one thing that’s also true. None of this, none of this whole prosecution of him and the alleged crimes of obstruction of justice that he committed during the investigation would have happened had he not served as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman.”
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There can be no doubt that the Mueller investigation impacted the Manafort federal cases. To point out the obvious, Mueller indicted Manafort. However, there is some indication that investigations were afoot before Mueller came on the scene.
Fortune.com reports Manafort has been under FBI surveillance since before the 2016 presidential election. “The surveillance, which included wiretapping, searches, and other types of observation, reportedly began in 2014, when Manafort was the subject of an investigation into work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for the former ruling party of Ukraine,” the Fortune.com report states.
However, the recent Indictment state prosecutors obtained in Manhattan against Manafort places the issue of pure politics at the forefront. The prosecutors know that President Trump cannot pardon a defendant in state proceedings.
It appears to us that the Manhattan prosecutors are hedging their bets on whether Trump will pardon Manafort in the federal cases. In reality, they are piling on. The prosecution seems selective.
Was I Manafort’s lawyer I would ask Trump to commute his sentence and then defend in state court by double jeopardy and hope the case before the Supreme Court abolishes the dual sovereign doctrine, which it clearly should.
There is no dual sovereign. There is one Constitution which abolishes all sovereignty but that of its own.