Manafort sentencing and Mickey Blue Eyes open thread

Manafort sentencing and Mickey Blue Eyes open thread

Today at 3:30pm EST, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort will be sentenced for one of the cases in which he pled guilty under a plea deal which he then broke. It’s expected that he’ll be sentenced to 25 years in prison, which, considering his age, is a life sentence.

Also today, Trump’s former consigliere Michael Cohen initiated a lawsuit against his ex-boss to recoup $1.9m in unpaid legal fees. As the New York Times reports:

Michael D. Cohen, the former personal lawyer and one-time fixer for President Trump, filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the Trump Organization of breaking a contract and refusing to pay about $1.9 million in legal fees after Mr. Cohen began cooperating with federal prosecutors.

The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, said that the Trump Organization had agreed to pay Mr. Cohen attorney’s fees or related costs connected to his work with the Trump Organization but had failed to live up to that promise.

Mr. Cohen is also seeking reimbursement for an additional $1.9 million he was ordered to pay in fines, forfeitures and restitution after he pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress, the lawsuit said.

Cohen suing Trump is just the sort of comeuppance which Donnie Brasco deserves. In the scheme of things, it’s not a major event; but it does show how low we’ve sunk as a nation.

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