There’s a lot wrong with the U.S. carceral system, but serving as a time-out corner for the lackeys of fascist thugs isn’t one of them.. Paul Manafort is of to prison because he wouldn’t shut up.
Two weeks after Robert Mueller’s prosecutors dropped new accusations of witness tampering on him, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson Friday revoked Manafort’s bail, which allowed him out on house arrest.
The order marks an end to months of attempts from Manafort to lighten his house arrest restrictions after he was charged and pleaded not guilty to foreign lobbying violations.
“The harm in this case is harm to the administration of justice and harm to the integrity of the court’s system,” Berman Jackson told Manafort in court.
The judge emphasized to Manafort how she could not make enough rulings to keep him from speaking improperly with witnesses, after he had used multiple text messaging apps and called a potential witness on an Italian cell phone.
“This is not middle school. I can’t take his cell phone,” she said of Manafort. “I thought about his long and hard, Mr. Manafort. I have no appetite for this.”
Three US marshals led Manafort out of the courtroom into the prisoner holding area immediately after the judge’s ruling. He was not placed in handcuffs. Before he disappeared through the door, he turned toward his wife and supporters and gave a stilted wave.
Minutes later, a marshal returned to give his wife, Kathleen, still standing in the courtroom’s front row, Manafort’s wallet, belt and the burgundy tie he wore Friday.
Shades of the undercarriage of a bus begin to close about the boy as well. Dolt 45 claimed that “Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign.” He also said that Manafort worked for him for 49 days, “a very short period of time.”
A very short period of time also describes the length of time the stupidest president ever can remember the last lie he told. Watch the gibbon gibber here.
If you keep watching you’ll see him deplore the idea of early morning raids and attempt to play the “Can you imagine if blah blah Obama??” card.