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Paul Manafort Sentenced to 3.5 Additional Years in Prison - Should Trump Pardon Him?

Do you support a pardon for Manafort?

by Countable | Updated on 3.13.19

Update - March 13, 2019:

  • Paul Manafort's full sentence is now 7.5 years, after D.C. federal court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Manafort to serve an additional 43 months in prison, on top of the sentence he received last week from a court in Virginia.
  • “It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the amount of money involved,” Jackson said, listing Manafort's various offenses. “There is no question that this defendant knew better and he knew what he was doing.”

Countable's original story appears below.


What’s the story?

  • Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for defrauding American banks and taxpayers and conducting illicit lobbying work on behalf of a pro-Russian Ukrainian faction.
  • The political operative was sentenced on Thursday in Alexandria, Virginia, and also faces sentencing across the Potomac next week in Washington, D.C.
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano, a senior judicial analyst for Fox News, told Fox and Friends in advance of today's sentencing that Manafort, 69, could be a candidate for a pardon if he receives a combined hefty jail sentence.
  • “He’s exposed to more than 20 years in jail. That is so much jail time he might very well be a candidate for a pardon, and the public might accept the pardon.”
  • Manafort was convicted of eight felonies: five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failing to disclose his foreign financial reports and bank accounts
  • During his sentencing hearing today, Judge T.S. Ellis reminded the court room that Manafort "is not before the court for anything having to do with colluding with the Russian government.”

What are both sides saying?

  • "Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars," prosecutors wrote in one court filing. "The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes, and serve to both deter Manafort and others from engaging in such conduct."
  • In November, President Donald Trump told the New York Post that, in regards to a potential pardon, he “wouldn’t take it off the table.” And Trump has expressed sympathy for Manafort on many occasions, saying he feels “very badly” for him and his “wonderful family.”
  • In December, however, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said it would be “a terrible mistake” for Trump to pardon his former campaign chairman.
“I think it would be a terrible mistake if he did that,” Rubio told “This Week.” “You know, pardons should be used judiciously. They're used for cases with extraordinary circumstances.”

What do you think?

Napolitano said “the public might accept that pardon”—do you? Or do you think “it would be a terrible mistake”? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: Victoria Pickering / Creative Commons)

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  • Teri
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    Judge Ellis practically pardoned him with that ridiculous sentence. Blameless life my &@!

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  • Terri
    03/08/2019
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    His sentence was a joke. He did horrible things. No pardon.

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  • Caren
    Voted Maybe
    03/08/2019
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    Paul Manafort’s crimes are nothing in comparison to Hillary Clinton’s crimes. Maybe Manafort should be pardoned or maybe not. Perhaps he should serve his sentence. It is sad and unfortunate he made some bad choices. Again, Hillary’s hands are far dirtier and she should be in prison for life!!

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  • ColonelMoose
    Voted Yes
    03/08/2019
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    And then let’s appoint him to investigate democrats.

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  • Jon
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    Trump is next! The judge who just gave only 47 months to Manafort should be censored..... and reprimanded for his 47 months ridiculous sentence!! Another swamp person!

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  • Steve
    03/08/2019
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    Absolutely not. The man's actions border on treason. Trump may do it, but that's only because Trump is a complete idiot.

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  • Miriam
    Voted Maybe
    03/08/2019
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    Not sure, but the crime he’s charged with is shared with many in Congress. Separate justice system for the people.

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  • Ronald
    Voted Yes
    03/08/2019
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    Pardon Manafort. This is the sort of political persecution through "Legal" means that Presidential Pardons are made for.

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  • Maryjane
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    OUTRAGEOUS!!! LENIENT sentence for millions-dollars TAX CHEAT & Bank Fraud!! Judge, WHO IS IT that picks up the tax tab when YOU let off these grifters?? It’s me & the other law-abiding, tax-paying, live-within-your-means Americans!! What message does this send to all the tax frauds out there? VERY POOR ADMINISTRATION of “Justice “

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  • Theodore
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    No for the simple reason Manafort is a known criminal. Not someone who was misunderstood and got a sentence he didn’t deserve. Of course it matters not if we think he should or should not be. Even if the GOP told Trump not to he probably still would.

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  • Jaison
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    F*** No!

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  • Christiaan
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    He’s guilty, no pardon is justified

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  • Thomas
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    Presidents should not pardon campaign officials or White Staff accused of crimes committed to benefit the President.

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  • Surender
    03/08/2019
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    Sham court 47 months! Message is crime pays? What an insult to the ‘rule of law’ touted by maga morons, gop, evangelicals, christians, nationalists!

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  • Gypsy
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    Why should he be pardoned? He has done numerous major crimes now he needs to go to prison. I hope, he’s not going to some special prison where it’s like a hotel, I want him placed in general population in a prison that they send everybody else.

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  • Eloise
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    What has this man contributed to our country. Nothing, except to line his own pockets with wealth and greed. It's time he pays the price. No pardon. He should have gotten full imprisonment under the law. His sentence is much too lenient.

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  • Dodrick
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    Judge Ellis practically pardoned Manafort with that 47 month sentence. Ridiculous.

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  • Mel
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    Someone who knowingly and intentionally defrauded anyone should have to serve more than 4 years so the idea of Mr Manafort possibly receiving a pardon is disgusting. Pair that with the fact that many common citizens have their lives ruined over far less serious crimes with far more serious sentencing. Please do not allow special treatment simply because this man is rich and a friend of the president. The law is for every man.

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  • Emma
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    Absolutely ridiculous! Had this been a no name 70 year old middle class citizen not paying their taxes they'd have been thrown in jail for the maximum time PLUS paid hefty fines to the IRS. NO ONE -- ESPECIALLY NOT THOSE REPRESENTING THE GOVERNMENT IN ANY CAPACITY -- should be above the law!! Lawmakers are especially guilty of thinking that they work outside the laws of our lands. Clinton got impeached, and rightfully so -- he lied under oath. UNFORGIVEABLE for any person in ANY party!!!! AND WHILE I'm speaking: all our politicians swore to uphold the constitution of the United States. Period. They didn't swear to change the law to suit their needs. (referring to legislation being introduced to change the National Emergency Law).

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  • Marizzapan
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    Judge Ellis just demonstrated to the country, with his 47 month sentence of Paul Manafort, that we have two justice systems. He said other than the multiple felonies of his case, Manafort has lived an otherwise blameless life. I call Bullcovfefe! His own daughter said Manafort has no moral compass and their money is blood money. Two justice systems in this country, one for wealthy white guys and one for the rest of us. While I read Judge Ellis is a republican, which doesn't surprise me, I do wonder how much of a trump supporter he may be and if there had been any kind of pay for play involved.

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  • J. scott
    Voted No
    03/14/2019
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    No pardon for Manafort I think his sentences in both cases were too short in the first place based on his crimes.

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  • Kersplatt
    Voted No
    03/08/2019
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    Absolutely not. Guilty is guilty. If trump pardons him, just shows trump is guilty too.

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