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    Paul Manafort may be hoping for a presidential pardon. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson verbally unloaded on Paul Manafort during his sentencing.

    By Dana Milbank
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    In the final moments before Paul Manafort’s sentencing Wednesday, the former Trump campaign chief’s lawyers appealed for mercy — but not necessarily from the judge.

    Convictions for tax and bank fraud, illegal lobbying and witness tampering have been “very hard” on his client, Kevin Downing pleaded in U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday. “The media attention, the political motivation . . . is so unreal.”

    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson cut him off. “Whose political motivation?” she asked.

    Downing fumbled like Sarah Palin replying to Katie Couric: “Everybody out there,” he said.

    The judge pressed: Was Downing accusing the special counsel of political motivation?

    “No,” Downing said, retreating.

    But that is exactly what he — and Manafort — have been insinuating.

    President Trump and Manafort have been using their public statements to coordinate with each other with the rhythm of synchronized swimmers. Trump praises Manafort for not flipping on him, and Manafort’s lawyers dutifully repeat Trump’s mantras — that there was “no collusion” between the campaign and Russia and that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has taken a partisan detour. It’s clear Manafort’s hope, if not expectation, is for Trump to pardon him.

    The judge was wise to the signaling. After Downing suggested Wednesday that Manafort’s manifold crimes wouldn’t have been prosecuted “but for a short stint as a campaign manager in a presidential election,” Jackson unloaded on him.

    The defense’s “repeated” claim that Manafort wouldn’t have been charged but for the special counsel, she said, “falls flat” and “is not supported by the record.” In an apparent reference to Trump, the judge speculated that the claim “was being repeated for some other audience.”

    Jackson tore into the Manafort defense’s claim that Mueller’s team took a technical violation and “transmogrified it” into a major case. “To the extent that’s the correct word, it was the defendant who was the transmogrifier,” she said.

    As for the other claim frequently offered by Manafort’s defense, “the ‘no collusion’ mantra is simply a non sequitur,” she said, adding that it is “not clear if it is accurate” and that her ruling doesn’t vindicate or incriminate anyone in Mueller’s broader investigation.

    That was another apparent reference to Trump, who falsely claimed that last week’s sentencing of Manafort in a separate trial vindicated his “no collusion” claim. An Obama appointee, Jackson offered a mantra of her own: “If people don’t have the facts, democracy can’t work,” she said. “Court is one of those places where facts still matter.”

    Validating the judge’s suspicions about “some other audience,” Downing falsely declared to TV cameras immediately after the sentencing that “Judge Jackson conceded that there was absolutely no evidence of any Russian collusion in this case.”

    Based on the sighs I heard in the courtroom, Jackson’s sentence — adding 43 months to last week’s 47-month sentence in Virginia — disappointed prosecutors. But she displayed far more professionalism than Judge T.S. Ellis III, who, when his harassment of prosecutors during the Virginia trial didn’t sway jurors to acquit Manafort, gave a flagrantly light sentence. Manafort’s fate still depends both on further prosecution (New York state just announced indictments) and Trump’s possible pardon.

    But Wednesday’s sentencing carried symbolic weight; two dozen Justice Department officials, including several top Mueller lieutenants, attended. Manafort, 69, in a business suit instead of a prison jumpsuit, was gray-haired (no hair dye in jail) and in a wheelchair because of gout. He sat at the defense table, his back to prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who derided Manafort’s claim to have spent a lifetime “advancing American ideals and principles.”

    Weissmann said Manafort worked illegally for foreign governments, cheated the Treasury of $6 million, has a malfunctioning “moral compass” and undermined the political process and the American ideal “of playing by the rules.”

    The defense claimed, with some contradiction, that Manafort deserved leniency both because he accepts responsibility and because he maintains he didn’t play a “leadership role” in the crimes.

    And Manafort, using a microphone at the witness table, expanded on last week’s statement of contrition: “I am sorry . . . I am a different person. . . . I know that it was my conduct that brought me here today.” The onetime strategist to pro-Russian thugs now spoke of “God’s guiding hand” and asked for “compassion . . . if not for me, then for my family.”

    If restrained in her sentencing, the judge was liberal in criticism. She said “it’s hard to overstate the number of lies” and the “amount of fraud” he committed, living extravagantly on ill-gotten money, lying to members of Congress and the public, showing “ongoing contempt” for court proceedings and even mischaracterizing his prison conditions.

    “The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent,” Jackson said, describing his continued “dissembling at every turn” and his “willingness to win at all costs.” Manafort’s behavior, she said, is “antithetical to the American values he told me he championed.”

    Manafort stood briefly, then was wheeled away — to await relief from another man who dissembles at every turn, exercises no personal responsibility, shows contempt for the law and seeks to win at all costs.

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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    transmogrified!!!
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Evidently Manafort's attorney was channeling Ishmael.
    "In 1964, the GOP ceased to be the party of Lincoln and became the party of Southern whites. As I now look back with the clarity of hindsight, I am convinced that coded racial appeals had at least as much, if not more, to do with the electoral success of the modern Republican Party than all of the domestic and foreign policy proposals crafted by well-intentioned analysts like me. This is what liberals have been saying for decades. I never believed them."-- Max Boot






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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    Calvin , not Ish. (or even Hobbes)
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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    Sounds like just the guy Trump would pick to run his campaign.

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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    Yeah was transmogrifier a word before Watterson?

    "Court is one of those places where facts still matter" boy if that doesn't send a chill up trump's spine it's because he simply doesn't have one.
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    Yup - only reference I've ever seen in print. You know you've 'made it' when that's part of the lexicon!
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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    Very proud of Judge Amy Jackson. She's a college classmate.

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    "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    Well it's republicans, would you expect anything more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbgarr View Post
    Very proud of Judge Amy Jackson. She's a college classmate.
    Impressive company you keep.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."


    Well it's republicans, would you expect anything more?
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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    All that flame and only 43 months? Bigly sad.

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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    George Conway tweets, Kelly Ann’s husband.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/gtconway3...78952126992385

    George Conway
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    He actually ended up doing this. What a lying piece of garbage. #SummaCumLiar
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    So Trump will say ‘The judge said ‘No Collusion”!’

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    George Conway tweets, Kelly Ann’s husband.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/gtconway3...78952126992385

    George Conway
    @gtconway3d
    He actually ended up doing this. What a lying piece of garbage. #SummaCumLiar
    Quote Tweet
    George Conway
    @gtconway3d
    So Trump will say ‘The judge said ‘No Collusion”!’
    One of the responses nailed it. Can you imagine the fun at his house?

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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    How can he still be with her? Or her with him?
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    Default Re: "The elements of remorse and personal responsibility were completely absent."

    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    How can he still be with her? Or her with him?
    Iím thinking they must be working up a married media act because thereís no upside to publically trashing your wifeís boss. Either way, itís entertainment.

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