A Judge Does Some ‘Draining The Swamp’ Friday
And throws Paulie Manafort, Donald Trump’s Former Campaign Manager Into Jail
June 15, 2018
Chronicle news & opinion
Screen shot: Paul Manafort in July 2016 being interviewed on TV denying any ties between himself or the Trump campaign to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
By Rex D. Cain
(NATIONAL) – Well, well. This story dovetails nicely with our front page feature story today titled ’The Swamp Water Ethics Of The New American Era: New York state lawsuit against Donald J. Trump Foundation cites “Persistent Illegal Conduct” .
Donald Trump's former campaign manager ‘Little Paulie’ Paul Manafort has had his bail revoked by a Washington DC judge and thrown in the clink. And pray tell what for? For alleged witness tampering.
Anyone with an IQ over room temp surprised by that?
Robert Mueller, who’s investigating Russiagate - the Russian election interference into America's Presidential election designed to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump - accused Little Paulie of trying to tamper with potential witnesses before one of his two trials starts, by contacting people related to his case in breach of his bail terms.
So the judge yanked Paulie’s freedom and stuck the multi-millionaire former international jet-setter into jail where he will sit until his trial date. His first trial date, that is. He has two upcoming.
We wonder if Little Paulie is a very sad (and scared) boy today. A big city jail with some bad-ass, weight lifting cons in it is not a fun or safe place for a soft-handed, pudgy rich guy like Little Paulie.
No more lobster dinners for Paulie prepared by the manor’s head chef. Hello beans and rice. No more lounging in the family hot tub on the deck overlooking the grounds of the estate. Hello group showers with big guys with big muscles and tattoos eyeing little Paulie with bad intentions.
Manafort is accused by prosecutors of illegally “laundering” more than $30 Million and failing to disclose his lobbying efforts to the Department of Justice. That trial is set to start in September.
His other trial, the one on tax fraud charges, is set to begin next month. If Little Paulie is convicted, he faces years in the slam.
Who was Manafort accused of contacting for the alleged purpose of witness tampering?
Prosecutors say Manafort tried to reach witnesses who could be called to testify about his alleged unlawful lobbying on behalf of Ukraine's previous pro-Russian government, for which he is said to have earned tens of millions of dollars.
Prosecutors gave the judge a summary of contacts they claim were made with potential witnesses between February and April this year via “encrypted text messaging apps.” An FBI agent wrote in a declaration filed with the court those communications were an "effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise conceal evidence.”
Manafort’s lawyers filed documents with the court claiming that Little Paulie's "limited communications" did not in any way "reflect an intent to corruptly influence a trial witness,” and also that it was not a crime for Manafort "to communicate his view to others, especially when he is not aware of who the Special Counsel may call as witnesses".
But the judge did not buy into any of that and therefore Little Paullie will spend tonight and tommorrow night and more nights after that in a jail uniform behind bars pondering his fate.
And so it goes with swamp draining.