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Knowles: Here's The Real Reason Paul Manafort Is Punished So Severely

In Wednesday’s episode of "The Michael Knowles Show," Knowles opened his show talking about the real reason Paul Manafort is getting punished so severely.

"Right now, Bob Mueller is going after Paul Manafort," Knowles explained. "Paul Manafort, you'll remember, got a plea deal with the special counsel Bob Mueller. Mueller is right now saying that deal is null and void, that Manafort lied to the special council, that his guilty plea is going to remain, but that he is not getting any special protections."

He said, "Right now, President Trump is going after Mueller and the Mueller investigation. WikiLeaks is making million-dollar bets. What do we know so far about Paul Manafort? Paul Manafort right now is rotting away in prison, in solitary confinement, in Alexandria Virginia."

Knowles points out that Manafort has been a GOP lobbyist for many years prior to becoming the chairman of the 2016 Trump campaign. The "Another Kingdom" star points out that Manafort’s connection to President Trump seems to be the only thing that the special counsel has on him.

He said, "Paul Manafort, for that crime, and, you know, obviously other charges, but basically practically for that crime, is now rotting away in solitary confinement in prison."

Knowles asked, "Aren’t we all safer now? Aren't we all safer that Paul Manafort is off the streets? We were talking about criminal justice reform, how we need to get people out of prisons. They've locked up a guy basically for helping Donald Trump."

He added, "Bob Mueller, the special counsel is saying that in his plea deal Paul Manafort lied and breached the deal that he signed two months ago. Paul Manafort denies this in the strongest terms. He says he did not lie to the special counsel. What this means is that all of those promises that the special counsel made to Paul Manafort, that he could avoid certain prison time for certain crimes, he could avoid going to jail for certain crimes, that's gone. That is off the table now, but the way a plea deal works is you say I'm gonna plead guilty to certain crimes and you're gonna give me lenient treatment."

Knowles concludes: "The trouble now is he's not going to receive any lenient treatment, but he can't withdraw his guilty plea, so he's already on the hook for those crimes. He faces ten years in prison currently and, who knows with the addition of other charges, how much longer he's going to be in prison. What was the lie about?"

Video and transcript below:

Right now, Bob Mueller is going after Paul Manafort. Paul Manafort you'll remember got a plea deal with the special counsel Bob Mueller. Mueller is right now saying that deal is null and void, that Manafort lied to the special council, that his guilty plea is going to remain, but that he is not getting any special protections.

Right now, President Trump is going after Mueller and the Mueller investigation. WikiLeaks is making million-dollar bets. What do we know so far about Paul Manafort? Paul Manafort right now is rotting away in prison, in solitary confinement, in Alexandria Virginia. Paul Manafort, he's been a lobbyist for a long time. He's worked for major Republican politicians on major campaigns. He did some dodgy dealings as lobbyists are want to do and, for a short period of time, ran the Trump campaign, right around the Republican nominating convention because he was really good at whipping those delegates.

Paul Manafort, for that crime, and, you know, obviously other charges, but basically practically for that crime, is now rotting away in solitary confinement in prison. Aren’t we all safer now? Aren't we all safer that Paul Manafort is off the streets? We were talking about criminal justice reform, how we need to get people out of prisons. They've locked up a guy basically for helping Donald Trump.

Bob Mueller, the special counsel is saying that in his plea deal Paul Manafort lied and breached the deal that he signed two months ago. Paul Manafort denies this in the strongest terms. He says he did not lie to the special counsel. What this means is that all of those promises that the special counsel made to Paul Manafort, that he could avoid certain prison time for certain crimes, he could avoid going to jail for certain crimes, that's gone. That is off the table now, but the way a plea deal works is you say I'm gonna plead guilty to certain crimes and you're gonna give me lenient treatment.

The trouble now is he's not going to receive any lenient treatment, but he can't withdraw his guilty plea, so he's already on the hook for those crimes. He faces ten years in prison currently and, who knows with the addition of other charges, how much longer he's going to be in prison. What was the lie about?

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