Kirsters Baish| This week, Paul Manafort was indicted while Robert Mueller presented charges against not one, but two of President Donald Trump’s associates. President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and his former business associate Rick Gates are both in hot water.
Reports have already been made that Manafort’s charges come from the infamous investigation into possible ties between Trump’s campaign members and the Russian government. President Trump was not named in any of the charges, and there have not been any allegations of collusion regarding Russia in last year’s election in any part of the 31-page/ 12-count indictment against the two men.
Both Manafort and Gates went in front of Judge Deborah A. Robinson yesterday. Judge Robinson is a United States Magistrate Judge. She has presided over some pretty high-profile cases before. She oversaw former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and NBA player Allen Iverson’s cases.
That isn’t all, however. Robinson also presided over the trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Libby was a former White House aide who was convicted of lying to police as well as obstructing the probe of a 2003 leak of a CIA operative’s true identity. You might even remember the case in which Libby was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, however his sentence was commuted by former President George W. Bush.
Following yesterday’s court appearance, the case will now be sent to United States District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. It’s important to note that Jackson is an Obama appointee from back in 2011. Fox News has reported that Jackson has some pretty serious political bias against the Right.
In the beginning of 2017, Jackson, who is a Harvard Law School graduate, completely dismissed a lawsuit that was filed against Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by relatives of the victims of the infamous 2012 Benghazi attack. The Washington Times had reported that it was ruled by Jackson that Hillary Clinton didn’t enable the attack by communicating through her private email server. It was also ruled that she didn’t defame the victims’ families following the deadly attack.
In a ruling, Jackson wrote, “Her actions – communicating with other State Department personnel and advisers about the official business of the department – fall squarely within the scope of her duty to run the Department and conduct the foreign affairs of the nation as Secretary of State.”
Make note that Jackson also gave $1,000 to Clinton’s 1992 Democratic presidential campaign. The Washington Post reported that while she worked at a law firm, she was representing former Democratic congressman William J. Jefferson during a corruption trial. Jefferson was sentenced back in 2009. He was convicted of bribery charges following him being caught hiding $90,000 in cash in his home freezer and sentenced to 13 years in prison. The Associated Press reported that in the beginning of October, he was set to be released after a new sentencing hearing.
It was just last week that Jackson upheld a big from the Trump administration to withhold two of the emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email account which says it contains classified information regarding the Benghazi attack.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out where her political affiliation lies, and there is a lot to be concerned about. While we are always told that justice is blind, sometimes I think it may be peeking through the blindfold.