Trump-Russia Roundup: March 7 – 13
Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort is going to prison. Here’s why that matters:
Trump’s former campaign chairman — the man who got Trump elected president of the United States — is going to prison for seven-and-a-half years.
Last week, Paul Manafort was sentenced to four years for bank and fraud charges. Today, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half more for conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Here’s the thing: Trump will say Manafort’s sentencing has nothing to do with the Trump campaign and Russia.
But he’s wrong. Today’s Manafort sentencing actually demonstrates the Trump campaign’s deep ties to the Kremlin.
Manafort conspired to hide millions of dollars worth of secret work he did for Kremlin-linked Ukrainian politicians dating back to 2006.
And we already know he’s been accused of sharing internal Trump campaign polling data with Russian military intelligence, working with them to intimidate witnesses, even meeting with them in person in Madrid during the campaign.
Today, the judge who sentenced Manafort said that “court is one of those places where facts still matter.” So is this Trump-Russia Roundup.
Get all the details on Manafort’s sentence(s) in today’s Trump-Russia Roundup:
Politico: Manafort sentence reaches 7.5 years in Mueller case
Paul Manafort’s prison sentence was upped to seven-and-a-half years this morning, bringing an end to Robert Mueller’s most public legal battle and capping a spectacular fall for the globetrotting GOP consultant and former chairman of the Trump campaign.
The Atlantic: Paul Manafort’s Sentencing Isn’t a Moment of Closure
What did Robert Mueller want from Paul Manafort? Last September, the special counsel cut a deal with the former chair of Trump’s campaign: If Manafort truthfully provided guidance to prosecutors, they would suggest a less onerous sentence for his crimes.
The New York Times: Trump Falsely Claims That Manafort Judge Declared There Was ‘No Collusion’ With Russia
Trump last week seized on a portion of a federal judge’s remarks during the sentencing of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in a financial crimes case to again criticize the Russia investigation and falsely declare a finding of “no collusion.”
The New York Times: New York Charges Paul Manafort With 16 Crimes. If He’s Convicted, Trump Can’t Pardon Him.
Paul Manafort has also been charged in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said today, an effort to ensure he will still face prison time if Mr. Trump pardons him for his federal crimes.
Roll Call: Battle over Mueller report moving to House floor
The House moved a step closer this week to demanding the Justice Department release to Congress the full report special counsel Robert Mueller submits of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
USA Today: What happens after Robert Mueller delivers his report? Congress braces for legal and political battles.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election might be nearing an end, but the political and legal battle over his work has barely begun.
The Guardian: Trump’s private talks with Putin may contain clues to his Russia romance
Democrats in Congress are now demanding more details of communications between the two leaders. Secrecy around such meetings, they say, raises fresh questions about the nature of Trump’s relationship with Putin at a time when his ties to Russia are the subject of several investigations.
The New York Times: House Democrats Are Flooding Trump World With Demands. Here’s a Guide to the Investigations.
When they won the majority last year, House Democrats promised a barrage of investigations into Trump and those around him. It now looks more like a continuous bombardment.