The sentencing of Paul Manafort is sending some shock waves as we get ready for the release of the “Mueller Report” in the days ahead. Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison, we is far lower than the expected federal guidelines for the crimes.
Mike Huckabee, writing for Fox News, said that Manafort’s sentence offers a “timely reminder that the whole Russia collusion narrative was never more than a fantasy of the Democrats and the mainstream media.
“As numerous investigations and witness testimonies have already demonstrated, there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to elect Donald Trump as president. The entire justification for the Mueller probe was a farce, invented by former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign manager Robby Mook and the rest of the Clinton brain trust to justify their humiliating defeat in the 2016 presidential election.”
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III acknowledged that Manafort’s convictions were completely unrelated to the Russia collusion.
“He is not before the court for anything having to do with colluding with the Russian government,” Ellis said in court.
Most people now agree that Mueller’s final report will fail to show any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Huckabee also wrote that the problem for many is “that Manafort’s convictions illustrate just how empty Mueller’s net has come up after more than 21 months in this putrid fishing hole.
“Manafort, plain and simple, is going to prison for things completely outside the original scope of Mueller’s investigation. All of his convictions stem from the shady lobbying businesses he ran with his associate Rick Gates long before joining the Trump campaign in 2016.”
So after nearly two years of work, there is no indication that the Mueller investigation found a single instance of Trump-Russia collusion.
Huckabee concluded: “The fake collusion narrative is simply too important to the media. They’ve invested too much of their capital and credibility, so they have no choice but to present Manafort’s crimes as evidence not only of Donald Trump’s supposed culpability but of Mueller’s efficacy.”