Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, is likely to be carried off to the big house by week’s end. This, according to former U.S. attorney Harry Litman.
For the younger readers: “big house” (and “hoosegow”) = prison.
Litman made his claim to MSNBC Tuesday:
“Prosecutors hate this, judges hate this, and he’s going to have to bring his toothbrush to court on Friday because the statute says, if they find this happened, there’s a presumption that no circumstances exist that will get him safely there for trial. So there’s the real prospect that he now goes to jail, never to leave even until the end of his sentence.”
As pointed out by RedState’s streiff last Tuesday, special counsel Robert Mueller filed papers accusing Manafort of attempted tampering of witnesses.
On Monday, Mueller requested Manafort’s release conditions — which have included house arrest — be revoked or revised.
Litman — a lecturer at UCLA’s School of Law — said Manafort’s (alleged) actions have been foolish:
“This is the stupidest thing that a defendant can do, this sort of witness tampering. He’s looking at being in prison, which is a very sort of focusing event, by Friday.”
Last year, Manafort was indicted on 12 counts, including tax fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy against the United States.
There certainly does seem to be a lot going on:
POTUS attacking press as prosecutors prepare for big steps against Manafort and Cohen.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 13, 2018
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 13, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) June 13, 2018
BREAKING: Robert Mueller files request for 150 blank subpoenas in Paul Manafort case. This doesn’t end well for Trump or any of his associates. With Cohen flipping, if Manafort flips, it’s ballgame. Trump would absolutely have to resign. Tick to the tock. https://t.co/ZusAJgE6ui
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 13, 2018
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