It’s a sad day for Donald Trump. As a jury deliberates the fate of Paul Manafort, Trump has issued a statement:
“I think it’ very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”
The President was making reference to the charges against Manfort. They include:
A. Subscribing to false income tax returns
Number of counts: 5
Maximum prison sentence per count: 3 years
B. Failing to file foreign bank account reports
Number of counts: 4
Maximum prison sentence per count: 5 years
C. Bank Fraud
Number of counts: 4 counts of bank fraud; 5 counts of bank fraud conspiracy
Maximum prison sentence per count: 30 years
Trump called Manafort a “very good person.”
Prosecutors say Manafort hid tens of millions of dollars in foreign income from the IRS, money he made advising politicians in Ukraine. When the Ukrainian money dried up, they say he lied on loan applications to maintain his cash flow.
Let’s all pause for a moment of silence to remember the saddness of our President.