Donald Trump has again denounced the “Witch Hunt Hoax” against him in a flurry of tweets, saying potential impeachment proceedings overlook “the minor fact I never did anything wrong” on the day his ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort, comes before a judge for sentencing for a second time.
The president tweeted thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her opposition to impeachment, which she considers “too divisive”, and took aim at New York’s state’s governor Andrew Cuomo, new attorney-general Letitia James and her predecessor, Eric Schneiderman for issuing subpoenas related to his business dealings.
Manafort was last week given 47 months in jail by a court in Virginia after pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud and this time faces up to 10 years behind bars for conspiracy against the US and obstruction of justice.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson slammed Paul Manafort for a career filled with “spin” before delivering her sentencing.
“Its hard to overstate the number of lies, the amount of fraud, and the extraordinary amount of money involved,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said about Paul Manafort on Wednesday.
She is expected to hand down her sentencing any moment.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson has begun her sentencing:
As Paul Manafort awaits his sentencing, Donald Trump has seemingly been live-tweeting Fox News for three hours on Wednesday morning, decrying the media and lambasting the Democratic Party. The president has also legitimised conspiracy theories surrounding Melania Trump using a look-alike at multiple appearances by his side, denying them as “Fake News”.
The judge is expected to return momentarily to deliver her sentencing for Paul Manafort.
“Let me be very clear, I accept the responsibility for the acts that caused me to be here today,” Paul Manafort said in court on Wednesday. “While I cannot undo the past, I can assure the future will be very different.”
He said he was upset in himself “for these personal failures. “My behavior in the future will be very different,” he added. “I have already begun to change.”
The judge presiding over Paul Manafort’s case has called a recess after the president’s former campaign chairman apologised for his crimes in court, to consider what had been said today. She will return within the next hour, according to reporters on the scene.
Paul Manafort is apologising in court to the judge for his crimes, saying, “In my previous allocation I told Judge Ellis I was ashamed for my conduct…I want to say to you now that I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten me here today.”
Paul Manafort “had to make a choice,” prosecutors said on court on Wednesday. “He decided to represent foreign governments.”
The prosecutors have also alleged officials at the highest levels of government were aware of his foreign lobbying.
Paul Manafort intends to address the court, as he did during his sentencing hearing in a separate case last week, where he addressed his lies to federal investigators.
Prosecutors are railing against Paul Manafort’s crimes, claiming he has gone against American ideals and ideology.
Prosecutors are arguing in a federal courthouse that Paul Manafort made “false statements to the FBI and false statements to the grand jury repeatedly.”
They have also argued against his attorneys’ claims that Manafort has been financially taking care of his friends and family, saying it isn’t an admirable trait “when it is done with other people’s money.”
The Republicans are meanwhile continuing to hammer away at what they see as weaknesses in the wall of Democratic unity revealed by party division on the subjects of antisemitism and impeachment.
Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, daughter of the aforementioned Dick, had this to say on Nancy Pelosi’s leadership.
Though the crimes she is considering in her sentencing are unrelated to the ongoing probe, the judge says Manafort’s cooperation is.
“Whether he lied during his cooperation sessions and breached the plea agreement has some relevance,” The judge said about Paul Manafort’s cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The judge has outlined how she will be sentencing Paul Manafort, who faces a maximum of ten years in prison for the crimes being considered today in court.
The judge has rejected an argument claiming Paul Manafort’s conduct was not included in the offence in front of the court.
Paul Manafort has been brought into court in a wheelchair where he is facing up to ten years in prison over a series of crimes he committed that are unrelated to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference in the 2016 election.
We will likely hear any moment from the judge on her sentencing verdict for Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.
Strong stuff from 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Mike Pence.
This is also pretty sassy from congressman John Yarmuth, which the speaker herself retweeted.
This is nice.
When Nancy Pelosi was asked in January whether she thought the president had denied her congressional delegation the use of a military plane to visit Afghanistan as revenge for her obstinacy during the government shutdown, she replied: “I don’t think the president would be that petty, do you?”
She could now face a similar question herself after seizing an office given to vice-president Mike Pence at the House of Representatives.
“Room assignments are reviewed and changed at the beginning of every Congress,” a Democratic aide told The Hill in breezily, matter-of-fact fashion but surely there is a little more to it than that.
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