Wow. I don’t follow Manafort’s case very closely because I think he is a little bit boring to tell you the truth. But obviously, I heard about the fact that the D.C. judge revoked his bail and sent him to prison to await his trial in July and September. And I have also heard these jails in D.C. are fairly frightening places and not at all the posh types of endroits that a man like Manafort has become accustomed to. And would you believe I felt bad for him?
But I know I am being ridiculous because there are people out there who are suffering so much more. Look at those refugees whose children are being taken away at the borders. They get to sleep in tents and camps and be deprived of their parents. Why is this okay? Because they are not accustomed to living in posh hotels anyway? So they aren’t suffering the way Manafort is?
Poor Manafort nevertheless. It almost seems like his former boss, President Trump is trying to distance himself from his former campaign chairman. It is very classic Trump. On the one hand, he says “I feel bad. They went back 12 years to get something on him.” But on the other hand he says “Paul Manafort did not have anything to do with my campaign. He worked for me for 49 days.”
If you are Paul Manafort, what is going through your head when you hear that? Yea, sure, Rudy Giuliani is out there dangling a “pardon” but does Rudy really know what Trump will do? Can Rudy really speak for Trump?
Even if Trump does pardon Manafort, at what point will he do it? Manafort is facing life in prison – no matter what happens with the Mueller probe because these charges have nothing to do with Trump’s campaign, really. Maybe that is what Trump meant? Not that Manafort had nothing to do with his campaign but that the charges against Manafort have nothing to do with his campaign? I think maybe that is what Trump meant. What do you think? Did he mean the charges have nothing to do with 2016?
But this brings me to Trump’s son Don Trump Jr. Don allegedly met with Russians in Trump tower during the campaign. And Manafort was in the room. Allegedly. Is this why Mueller wants Manafort in jail so that the pressure can get him to squeal on what happened during those 49 days (more like 149 if you listen to CNN) in reference to Russia and collusion and Don Jr’s role in it? Are they trying to get Don and using Manafort to do it? Because I don’t think they are really interested in Manafort’s bank fraud and failure to register as a foreign lobby from 12 years ago. I don’t think they even care that he worked for the Russian government indirectly when he was an emissary for the guy in the Ukraine. I think it is something else, something bigger that the prosecutors are after. They want a big fish. Ultimately, they want a shark: the President. But in the meantime, they are using Paul Manafort to get a big fish and I think this fish could be Don Trump Jr.
Trump is already batty with everything that is going on. When he realizes that they are closing in on Don Jr, you have to wonder what will he do? Will he let them take his son in order to save his own hide? Or will nuclear war break out in Washington D.C.?