Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to get this campaign to where it is right now. – Newt Gingrich (Last August)
CNN reported on Friday a federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.
So we eagerly waited for Monday. The New York Times reported early Monday that Paul Manafort, who once ran the Trump campaign, was told to surrender.
Several news outlets, including Fox News, reported that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates were indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the US and money laundering.
In addition, Fox News reported that a guilty plea by former Trump campaign policy adviser George Papadopolous was announced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He admitted to making false statements to FBI agents as part of the investigation.
It was reported that Manafort and Gates surrendered to authorities Monday morning.
Monday was not a good day for Greg Gianforte, for Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West, or for Montana.
Lee Newspapers reported that Gianforte was sentenced to 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a deferred six-month jail sentence. If he does not violate the conditions of his sentence, the charge could be dismissed. Gianforte was also fined $385 and paid $4,600 in restitution.
This was for his conviction of misdemeanor assault for which he pleaded guilty.
It took a long time for the sentence to be handed out because Judge Rick West tried to give Gianforte four days in jail (with two of those being work days) but as was reported, someone pointed out that “work days” cannot be given in an assault case.
West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail and said he could offset the jail time through participating in a county work program.
But when the judge was informed by other court personnel that someone guilty of assault is ineligible for the work program, West decided to defer Gianforte’s entire six-month sentence and impose the community service and anger-management classes instead.
So Judge West had to recalculate. It was embarrassing. The audio was terrible listening to the proceedings on-line. The local press and the court were not ready for their 15 minutes of fame.