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Fate of Manafort lies in hands of anti-Bush judge appointed by Obama


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The judge who will sentence former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in federal court was appointed by President Barack Obama, backed John Kerry for the White House in 2004, and suggested that George W. Bush stole the presidency in 2000. 

 

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the D.C. District Court has ruled for the Obama administration against the Catholic Church and for Hillary Clinton against the families of those killed in Benghazi. She has already sparred fiercely with Manafort's legal team, setting the stage for a much tougher sentence than the less than four years imposed by Judge T.S. Ellis III,, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot appointed by President Ronald Reagan. 

Manafort, 69, faces up to 10 years in prison for the two conspiracy charges Jackson is considering. If she opts for the maximum, that could effectively be a life sentence, especially if she rules that Manafort's two sentences should run consecutively. While Ellis often criticized special counsel Robert Mueller, Jackson has aligned herself with him.:snip:

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