Federal judge may cross out Manafort's conviction
This is, as of yet, only a small story but one which could have immense repercussions politically.
Federal judge casts doubt on a Mueller case. The case in point is against the unsavory, money-laundering, playing both sides Paul Manafort.
Although in my estimation, Manafort has earned the prison time probably due him, he is getting in an improper way.
A Virginia federal judge expressed deep skepticism of the special counsel’s bank fraud case against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, during a court hearing Friday morning.
“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III told Mueller’s prosecutors during the hearing.
“You really care about getting information Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment,” Ellis added, according to The Washington Post.
So true. Even if Manafort does get convicted by a different court and a different set of facts, a precedent may be in place to challenge other convictions which correspond to the judge's warning. The net effect will be to paralyze the Müller Star Chamber and set it back to zero on Rick Gates, and perhaps others (are you paying attention Gen. Flynn?)
To neutralize Müller will paralyze the Dems. Their whole raison d'être is now boiled down to two public things and one very unadmitted idea.
The hysterically publicized two things are:
1. We're not Trump
2. We are the party of the people
The now overt but still unofficial idea is "I still wanna ride on the gravy train".
1. We're not Trump: a bad card to play now since Trump's popularity, although still below 50%, is still rising, while the Dim's popularity continues to sink. Furthermore, with the GDP rising, even though most of the benefits redounds to the 1%, it is still better than when Obomber ran the show (actually he didn't run the show, the CIA and Wall Street ran the show for him).
2. The "peoples' benefactors": the sheen has been washed off that obscene lie by countless revelations of Democratic misconduct. Whenever challenged, these intellectual and morally challenged individuals uniformly sing "Russia! Russia! Russia!" Most of the population sees through that lie.
If the Judge's challenge to the Manafort conviction is upheld, with a "start over" decree, then the Dem's will be politically paralyzed for the required analysis to adopt a more plausible doctrine than "we're not Trump". I don't foresee a new donkey learning new tricks any time soon.
Donkeys learning a new idea:
One more assumption here:
Assuming the Müller disaccreditation occurs before mid-Terms, the blue wave will indeed be swirling down the toilet bowl. Then perhaps a nascent 3rd Party can arise, and I don't mean the CIA-Dim alliance.
Awaken, sleeping Democrats! You are going to Face That Day your lies are blown apart.