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Trump Knew Exactly What He Was Getting With Manafort—a Crook

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The 43-month sentence handed down Wednesday by Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., finally brings Paul Manafort’s prison term more in line with what the public should expect for such a high-profile and unrepentant white-collar criminal, since it will begin after the 47-month sentence meted out to the former Trump campaign chairman in a separate trial last week.

It’s a long overdue punishment for a serial bank defrauder and money launderer who has consistently thumbed his nose at the federal law enforcement officers who uncovered his financial crimes and undisclosed lobbying work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine while digging into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

Jackson made it perfectly clear at Manafort’s sentencing hearing Wednesday that she was disgusted with his deceptions and failure to accept genuine responsibility for his crimes, noting it is “hard to overstate the number of lies, the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved.” She also suggested that he had undermined American values and interests by acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

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