Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been sentenced to less than four years in prison after being convicted of eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud, and taking a shitload of money from Ukrainian politicos while lying his ass off about it.
The fraud charges came with a suggested 19 to 24 year prison sentence, but Judge T. S. Ellis III of the United States District Court bumped it way down because Manafort “has lived an otherwise blameless life.”
The judge’s whimsical interpretation of the word discounts the charges of conspiracy, obstruction, and lying to prosecutors, who reportedly revoked an earlier plea deal because Manafort lied to them repeatedly.
Manafort could be back with his friends doing crime before he knows it, since he’ll most likely only serve 38 months of his sentence because of the time he’s already served. Next week he’ll most likely get just a fraction of the recommended sentence for the other shit he’s been convicted of doing, and it still remains to be seen whether he’ll serve all this prison time consecutively or concurrently. Back in November, President Trump said “I’m not taking anything off the table” in reference to a pardon.