Manafort Seeks Leniency While Caveats Cloud Impeachment
Read between the lines. Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort faces a federal guideline of 20-24 years’ imprisonment at his Virginia tax and bank fraud sentencing Thursday. His lawyers argued Friday that he’s not the irredeemable felon described by special counsel Robert Mueller, whom defense filings accused of “spreading misinformation.” That’s led some to interpret the leniency argument as finding common cause with a president who can pardon.
What’s next? Empowered Democrats, anxious to act, could try impeachment. But as OZY’s Daniel Malloy notes, that scarlet letter didn’t hurt Bill Clinton’s popularity, and that’s “a blinking red light.”