Paul Manafort was not prosecuted or indicted by anything having to do with Russian “collusion” by the Trump Administration, and special investigator Robert Mueller’s recommendation for his sentencing (much worse than your average murderer) was deemed by former Navy F-4 Phantom pilot and bad ass Judge T.S. Ellis to be “excessive” – and he let the Mueller team have it!
An opinion piece byat Illicit Info reveals that Federal Judge T.S. Ellis, who presided over the Paul Manafort sentencing hearing stood “firm against the raging establishment destroy-Trump machine.”
Realizing that the prosecution of Paul Manafort was not consistent with the special counsel’s charging scope, Judge Ellis upbraided prosecutors:
“I don’t see what relationship this indictment has with anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate.”
Essentially Judge Ellis assailed Mueller’s use of what he called “unfettered power” and accused the special counsel of threatening Manafort in the hope of inducing him to flip on President Trump.
Judge Ellis has spent enough time in the swamp to know that half of Washington have committed similar crimes and he let prosecutors know that he wasn’t buying into their argument for, what would amount to, a life sentence for Manafort.
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.
“I think what I’ve done is sufficiently punitive, and anyone who disagrees should spend a day in a federal penitentiary.”
When will this charade end?
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