Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort can’t seem to catch a break. I mean, he doesn’t deserve one, but of all the people that have been netted by Robert Mueller and his special counsel team of whip-smart attorneys, Manafort is the only one who keeps trying to find a way out of his mess without pleading guilty like everyone else — and at every turn, he gets smacked down.
On Monday in the District Court of Washington, D.C., Judge Amy Berman Jackson continued her months-long shaming of Manafort by smacking down yet another bail request. The latest attempt to pull together bond money is one of several recent endeavors by Manafort to get out from under the $10 million bail Jackson set in his trial for money laundering and unregistered foreign lobbying on behalf of Russia’s interests in Ukraine.
Whether she’s essentially laughing at his civil suit that seeks to challenge Mueller’s authority or making an example out of those surrounding Manafort by sending them to jail for lying about his lies, Judge Jackson has basically been trolling Paul Manafort and letting him hang himself with his own words since his case was brought to her courtroom by Robert Mueller himself.
This time, she added a little insult to injury by not just telling Manafort that what he had offered — his belongings, properties, and assets — in order to secure bail were insufficient, but by telling him exactly what he could bring the court. She said his properties in two of Trump’s (and Manafort’s) favorite places — a home in Palm Beach County, Florida and his condo in Trump Tower — would do just fine… So long as he was current on his mortgages.
Complicating matters further for Trump’s right-hand man in the conspiracy with Russia is the fact that the D.C. case isn’t the only one he’s facing. He needs bail for an entirely separate case in Alexandria, Virginia, where the judge there originally ordered him under house arrest as well.
Every step closer to a conviction of Paul Manafort — which is by all accounts a foregone conclusion at this point — is a tightening of the noose on Donald Trump himself.