It there is one outstanding characteristic of Donald Trump and his staff, it has to be their pure unmitigated gall. Former Trump comrades Paul (I only knew him a couple of months) Manafort and his assistant Richard Gates were indicted back in October by a grand jury on 12 – count them – 12 federal felony counts, including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the U.S., and as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal.
Both Gates and Manafort face possible sentences of up to 70 years in prison if convicted on all counts. There are a number of people cooling their heels at Riker’s Island who are facing a lot less time, but Gates and Manafort, after posting sizeable bail, were granted house arrest instead of sitting in a jail cell. One might think they would be thanking their lucky stars that the judge was so lenient with them, but NOOOO – they wanted more.
The presiding judge even let them leave their houses to spend some time at Christmas with their families, which was pretty darn nice of her. But on Friday The Hill reported that Gates had petitioned the court to be released from house arrest so he could attend – not a funeral, not a family birthday party, not a bar mitzvah, but a New Year’s Eve Party! Because nothing says house arrest like ringing in the New Year at a friend’s house instead of your own.
Gates and Manafort are already in trouble with potential violations of the gag order the judge imposed on them. Manafort was SO CLOSE to being released from house arrest until the Mueller team learned he had ghost written an op/ed with the help of a Russian operative that was favorable about his case. Gate’s recent fundraiser for his legal fees also came under scrutiny for potential violating the gag rule as well.
Fortunately for the justice system, but not for Ricky, the judge ruled he couldn’t go to the party. Too bad. So sad. NOT!