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“Manafort may have gotten off easy with four years, but Ellis threw the book at Jefferson.  In 2009 Ellis sentenced Jefferson to 13 years, the longest sentence of any Congressman to that date.” forbes.com/sites/charlest…
Manafort, seated in a wheelchair and clad in a green prison jumpsuit during the hearing, spoke of the hardship he has faced as a prime figure in the high-profile Mueller investigation. “He has lived an otherwise blameless life.”
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"Ellis sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison. Manafort faced up to 25 years in prison. The judge, who is based in Alexandria, Virginia, has handled high-profile cases before, sometimes coming down on the side of entities like the CIA and Blackwater." heavy.com/news/2018/08/t…
"Judge Ellis dismissed a lawsuit against former security contractor Blackwater on October 21, 2009. The lawsuit filed by 60 victims against the security contractor over charges of lawlessness including indiscriminate beatings and killings." 📌 ballotpedia.org/T.S._Ellis
"A federal judge dismissed Blackwater founder Erik Prince from a civil lawsuit alleging his former security firm cheated the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a ruling made public Friday." 📌 bit.ly/2TIjE7P
"In 2009, Ellis dismissed a lawsuit against the Blackwater security firm that accused them of allowing the killings of more than 20 Iraqi civilians." businessinsider.com/ts-ellis-iii-p…
"But there may be another reason Trump likes him: in 2011, Ellis dismissed a civil case against Blackwater USA founder Erik Prince, who is the brother of Trump’s secretary of education, Betsy DeVos." 📌 bit.ly/2Txb77x
"DiGenova is the stepfather and law partner of Vermont Republican Party vice chair Brady Toensing. The Times report did not indicate whether Toensing or his mother and law partner, Victoria Toensing, would also represent the president." sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/arc…
"Among his clients: the former president of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International — an institution nicknamed the "Bank of Crooks and Criminals" for its willingness to accommodate arms dealers, drug lords and dictators." sevendaysvt.com/vermont/sunlig…
"Victoria Toensing’s clients have included Erik Prince, founder of the security firm Blackwater, and Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis, according to the Times." vtdigger.org/2018/03/19/sta…
"Victoria Toensing represents Sam Clovis, the former Trump 2016 campaign adviser and co-chairman who supervised George Papadopoulos." reuters.com/article/us-tru…
"T.S. Ellis III dismissed Blackwater founder Erik Prince from a civil lawsuit alleging his former security firm cheated the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in Iraq and Afghanistan." taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/1635755
"Franklin was accused of sharing defense information with the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC. Ellis sentenced him to 12 years and seven months in prison as well as a $10,000 fine. But in 2009, Ellis reduced the sentence to 10 months in a halfway house." alternet.org/2018/08/5-thin…
"On October 13, 2016, DiGenova, whose firm—him and his wife Victoria Toensing—now represent ex-Trump National Co-Chair Sam Clovis, made an astounding public offer: he'd represent any FBI agent who wanted to testify against Comey." | @SethAbramson lifezette.com/2016/10/former…
"Prince, through his lawyer, Victoria Toensing, said he has not been informed of a federal investigation. Toensing called the money-laundering allegations “total bullshit." theintercept.com/2016/03/24/bla…
"Founder of former mercenary firm Blackwater and ex-Navy SEAL Erik Prince is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for alleged money laundering." thedailybeast.com/blackwater-bos…
"In a meeting that Erik Prince had arranged, George Nader and Joel Zamel arrive at Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower office where Stephen Miller is already present." justsecurity.org/trump-russia-t…
Trump praised Ellis during a rally speech railing against the Russia investigation in May. "Judge T.S. Ellis, who is really something very special, I hear, from many standpoints," Trump said. "He is a respected person." businessinsider.com/ts-ellis-iii-p…
"The performance of U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III in the trial of Paul Manafort on bank fraud and tax evasion charges has been decidedly unusual." washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-e…
"And while Ellis reportedly said he was surprised Manafort didn’t apologize — he didn’t really seem to hold it against him, opining that Manafort’s life had been otherwise “blameless" vox.com/2019/3/7/18253…
"Ellis sentenced him to 12 years. But in 2009, Ellis reduced the sentence to 10 months in a halfway house. Israel’s supporters have a long record of successfully working to clear the names of American felons convicted of crimes for Israel." mintpressnews.com/congressmen-pr…
"He has lived an otherwise blameless life,” said Judge T. S. Ellis as he sentenced Paul Manafort to just 47 months in prison on Thursday. He had devoted his career to normalizing corruption in Washington." theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
"Ellis -- the 30-year veteran of the bench who will preside over the Virginia trial of President Trump’s one-time campaign chairman -- instructed the prosecution that "collusion" was off limits, as well as the mention of "Russians." abcnews.go.com/Politics/judge…
"Ellis noted the distinction, saying that Manafort was “not before this court for anything having to do with collusion with the Russian government to influence this election." washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
"Manafort attorney Kevin Downing said outside the courthouse that the lack of collusion evidence was the most important takeaway from the proceedings." thedailybeast.com/manafort-sente…
In fact in pre-trial Ellis had ruled out any mention of collusion or Russians during the trial. This set of charges were about financial crimes. So not surprising that no evidence of collusion emerged. #Gaslight Much! Only Trump supporters are stupid enough to buy this drivel.
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