WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced on Wednesday to about 3-1/2 more years in prison for charges arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, with the judge giving him a stern lecture about his lies and criminal behavior.The sentence of 73 months in prison imposed by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington came six days after a different judge gave Manafort a lenient term of 47 months - just under four years - in prison in a separate case in Virginia, with credit for nine months he already has spent behind bars.Jackson said 30 months of her sentence will run at the same time as the sentence in the Virginia case. That means the combined sentence will be six years and nine months.Unlike at his sentencing hearing last week, Manafort said he was sorry for his actions, but Jackson then told him his expression of remorse … [Read more...] about U.S. federal judge gives ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort 73 months
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Darlene Superville Associated Press Updated 4:19 PM EST Dec 26, 2018 Al-asad Airbase, Iraq – In a surprise trip to Iraq, President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria where they have been helping battle Islamic State militants. “We’re no longer the suckers, folks,” Trump told American servicemen and women at a base in western Iraq. “We’re respected again as a nation.” Trump said it’s because of U.S. military gains that he can withdraw 2,000 forces from Syria. During his first visit to a troubled region, Trump also said he has no plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq. “I made it clear from the beginning that our mission in Syria was to strip ISIS of its military strongholds,” Trump told troops clad in fatigues at al-Asad Airbase west of Baghdad. “Eight years ago, we went there for three months and we never left,” he said. “Now, we’re doing it right … [Read more...] about Donald Trump in Iraq: No plans to remove U.S. troops
Steve Eder, New York Times Published 10:01 pm PST, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 The Westminster Apartments in Brooklyn, Dec. 21, 2018. Dr. Manny Weinstein, a podiatrist, moved into a Trump-owned apartment here the same year that Donald Trump received an exemption from the draft due to a diagnosis of bone spurs in his feet. (Dave Sanders/The New York Times) less The Westminster Apartments in Brooklyn, Dec. 21, 2018. Dr. Manny Weinstein, a podiatrist, moved into a Trump-owned apartment here the same year that Donald Trump received an exemption from the draft due to a ... more Photo: DAVE SANDERS, NYT Photo: DAVE SANDERS, NYT Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 The Westminster Apartments in Brooklyn, Dec. 21, 2018. Dr. Manny Weinstein, a podiatrist, moved into a Trump-owned … [Read more...] about Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?
U.S. Donald Trump Russia investigation President Donald Trump reportedly watches hours of television on days when developments break on the various investigations which seek the truth amid suspicion of widespread corruption and misdealing in his business, personal and political life. Trump is “said to watch hours of television coverage on milestone days in the investigations,” the Associated Press reported on Sunday. Those hours spent watching TV, along with his frequent tweets about the investigations being politically motivated “witch hunts,” suggest he is consumed by the scrutiny. “It saps your energy, diverts your attention and you simply can’t lead because your opponents are up in arms against you,” Cal Jillson, a Southern Methodist University political scientist and historian, told AP. “It weakens your friends and emboldens your enemies.” Trump faces investigations within his administration, campaign, … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Watches Hours of Television on Milestone Days in Mueller Investigation as Multiple Legal Enquiries Begin to Bite
Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen claims the US president ordered him to make hush money payments. Cohen, who has been sentenced to three years in prison, claims he followed "a bad path" in being loyal to Trump but would "not be the villain" in the story, in an interview with US broadcaster ABC. "He directed me to make the payments. He directed me to become involved in these matters,” Cohen said. In response to Trump’s denials and claims his former lawyer was set on embarrassing him, Cohen said: “It is absolutely not true. I don’t think there’s anybody who believes that." He also added that Trump knew the payments were wrong and was very concerned about how news of the affairs would affect the 2016 election campaign. On Wednesday Cohen pleaded guilty to charges of tax and bank fraud, lying to Congress regarding discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow and campaign finance violations - the payments to two women who alleged to have had … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen claims Donald Trump directed him to make hush money payments