June 5, 2019

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is being made an example of.

According to FOX News, New York City District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., requested a New York State judge to order Manfort, 69, transferred to Rikers Island. That judge has so ordered.


Rikers Island is where they send high-profile violent offenders like serial killers and mob bosses. The “Son Of Sam” killer, David Berkowitz, was sent there, as well as Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s killer. This seems to have come about because a New York grand jury charged Manafort in March with additional financial crimes. (Charged, not convicted, as Manafort has not yet had a trial.) Vance, a Democrat, said at that time that “no one is beyond the law in New York.”

If Manafort is found guilty of these crimes, the President cannot pardon him or commute his sentence, as these are state offenses.

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I would really like to hear what U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis has to say about this. He presided over the original federal case that arose out of the special counsel investigation, and from what he said at the time, he knew that the charges against Manafort had nothing to do with Russian election interference and that the sentence was excessive.

Recall also that Manafort was held in solitary confinement for months, while awaiting trial and even during the trial. According to some news reports, he wasn’t even allowed a magazine.

I assume (but am not sure) that in the minimum-security prison in Pennsylvania where he’s currently serving time, he has been housed among the general population. In the famously rough environment of Riker’s Island, he’ll be –- you guess it –-- held in solitary.

“For his own protection.”

If Manafort did commit financial crimes, he should pay for that. But this price is far too high, and it’s almost certainly due to the fact that he DARED help Trump get elected. He is now a broken, ruined man, selectively prosecuted, an example of what can happen when you’re caught in the “crossfire” of the effort to bring down President Trump.

UPDATE: After the story broke about Paul Manafort being transferred to Rikers Island to await trial on state charges, Dan Bongino said in his Tuesday podcast that some on the left were ecstatic about this and had actually been celebrating. If this is true --- and I haven’t known Bongino to be wrong ---- then it simply proves the worst of what anyone says about leftist ideologues: that you are horrible people who don’t care WHAT happens to civil liberties in America if you can go after your political enemies and destroy them.

There should be outrage over this travesty of justice, from both sides of the aisle. In fact, I agree with Bongino that if there is not outrage and this doesn’t change, we have lost our country.

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There was no legitimate reason to do this to a 70-year-old man in poor health who poses no threat but has committed some financial crimes, and it can happen only under a thoroughly corrupt system, which apparently describes New York. Rikers is filled with, as Bongino calls them, “the worst of the worst of the worst” violent offenders, the most dangerous of all: serial killers, child killers, mobsters, rapists, gang leaders. It’s a nightmarish place. Manafort is already a broken man, emotionally and physically, and he will likely die miserably and alone --- perhaps even be killed --- in there.

My thought is that this was an “in your face” move designed to underscore the fact that Trump can’t do anything to stop the attorneys and judges of New York, since these new charges are for state crimes and the state of New York is not answerable to the President on this. Note that Manafort was already being held in prison when these new charges came down and that he has not yet been tried for them, only charged.

Hey, why not charge him with murder and go ahead and kill him now? No need for a trial. The end for him would be the same.  Sure, New York abolished the death penalty in 2007, but they’ve abolished and reinstated it several times in their history. Trump-haters would probably love to bring it back just for this poor man, and they’d cheer his death. Oh, well, he’s pretty much on Death Row, anyway.

You know, if Democrats are so concerned about Russia, they should be aware that this shameful treatment of an accused man is like something that would have happened in the USSR. The only difference is that we would never have heard about it.

In related news, the New York state legislature just showed its tender side, by voting to become the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing.

'Cruel and unnecessary': New York poised to become first state to ban cat declawing


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  • Lynn Taylor

    06/08/2019 07:43 AM

    I am outraged! I’m scared too death of what our country has allowed to happen in the name of justice!
    Manafort is an American first. This unfair “so-called justice” could happen to any of us. While I think about all the corruption in the upper echelons of our grand intelligent agencies, I still would not wish this on anyone; not even any of those pompous egotistical ideologs! We all know who they all are!
    Mr Manafort should have been incarcerated at home on “house arrest;” not in solitary confinement. I pray for him and his family every day! And I pray for our great President and this country!

  • Janis Phillips Keller

    06/07/2019 09:54 PM

    The Democrats are Communists. Watch them as they question people like Ben Carson, wanting a Yes or No answer to a question that involves more explanation than that. These people believe themselves beyond the Law. They aren’t though, and they will get back what they have dished out to others. Our best bet for this victim is to pray for himself. Pray for him deliberately and hard. God cares.

  • John Donnelly

    06/07/2019 04:24 PM

    Can AG Barr do anything about this ? He must have some power even over the court system in NY ?
    Something has to be done . Now!

  • Steve Turman

    06/07/2019 09:46 AM

    I do not have doubt Paul Manafort is guilty of something. J walking, maybe. The American thinking public,sober and coherent public Needs to wake up! The American public needs to understand that the tentacles of powerful politicians can reach into any area anytime to to assert their will in American lives NEEDS To WAKE UP! Paul Manafort going to Rikers is the proof. Who called the judge and ask for for this to happen and why. What kind of judge would agree to do such a thing. Future Presidents of this U.S.A. Be aware you can land in Rikers if you don’t get in line and do what we say. I say B.S. The dems should be put at Rikers and maybe something can get done for us tax paying joes out here in the real world. Talking about wasted time,wasted tax payer money , the dems have rewritten the book. Wow I just can’t believe this is happening in our civilized American society. Where are we going?what pandora’s box has been opened for future generations, scary, very scary.

  • Ann Brannan

    06/07/2019 08:37 AM

    I am very concerned about Paul Manafort! Why Rikers Prison? Are they really trying to punish him? How can they destroy a mans life like this? Someone needs to stop these corrupt people! This is not justice!

  • Renee Storms

    06/06/2019 04:05 PM

    Governor that it? Is there not even something the President can do to make sure this BROKEN man does not go to such an evil prison? It is like beating a dead horse into the there no mercy for this non-violent man?

  • Virginia Frances Queen

    06/06/2019 03:29 PM

    Paul Manafort does not deserve this kind of treatment!He needs alot of prayer!

  • Kevin Pandil

    06/06/2019 03:17 PM

    I think the democrats are telling us that they want, hillary, obama, clapper, breanen, comie, and all the rest of the culture of corruption. To be moved to the worst prison in the United States of America. When they get arrested. I don't think it will ever happen, we are not going by any laws any more. They are passing laws that break other laws. Or they will pass a law so they can break other laws, expressly when they are caught breaking long standing laws of the land.

  • Mary Lunn

    06/06/2019 02:19 PM

    New York is beyond comprehension. It has lost all intelligent judgment. This judgment is ridiculous and needs to be changed.

  • Norma Blatz

    06/06/2019 01:55 PM

    PLEASE HELP US! I have read all the comments and many are asking what can we do. Many of us would stand up if we were pointed in the right direction but it just seems so hopeless at times. Who can we contact, do we need a petition, can we get Jay Sekeulow (sp) involved? And yes, where are the Republican attys that could possibly help? There are SO MANY lines that have been crossed that we the people need to speak up NOW and not wait for another election that will be fraught with voter fraud so if you can please offer some help on where we can begin it will be very much appreciated. Thank you for all you do right now and I love your show and maybe you could play "God Bless America Again by Loretta Lynn because it really rings true today!

  • Bennye J. ST.Claire

    06/06/2019 01:09 PM

    mike have you read this?

    I copied this from a post by Buddy Hyatt

    Very interesting theory on Trump's Success

    The mayor of Livermore California explains Trump’s popularity and success. This is perhaps the best explanation for Trump's popularity ....

    Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican. He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following:

    Trump’s 'lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship' By Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, CA.

    My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

    Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

    We tried statesmanship.

    Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

    We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

    And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

    I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

    I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

    I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

    Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

    The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

    The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

    With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War

    During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

    Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

    Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

    General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.... In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

    Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

    That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

    It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

    Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.

    Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”.... Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position.... They need to respond.

    This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

    Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

    Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

    So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

    These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

    So, say anything you want about this president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

    Please pass this on..over and over, and again and again....

  • Craig Monsen

    06/06/2019 12:53 PM

    People cheering this reminds me of some in the Muslim faith after 9-11. Hate is always bad.

  • Karen a Armstrong

    06/06/2019 12:52 PM

    This is off topic but I wondered had you heard of a bill that may be passed 'federally' called 'Safe at Home' bill? My daughter fosters children, so this bill will effect her, from what she gathered from the case worker (who by the way is thinking about returning to school to get a second education because this bill is so atrocious) this bill would not allow them to remove babies / children from homes where the parents are drug users. They will be allowed to stay there. I am mind blown. The baby she has now was born to a drug mom, after 4 wks he had dropped over a lb. When she received him he was barely 5 lbs and couldn't turn his head to the right. His failure to thrive was heartbreaking, he threw up every single bottle. He is 3 1/2 months now, he still throws up constantly, but she feeds him double, he goes through 8 changes of clothes a day, has a heart murmur, and postures with fists and arms rigid. But he is growing stronger everyday. The parents have not passed any drug tests since last August. Mom has done the hour visit twice, dad never has. This is a mild case to some of them. The Dr. stated to us had he not been taken she would have had a dead patient in one more week. He needs therapy, may always, as we don't know what walking, talking, or learning will bring for him. His mom did meth while carrying him. The whole family, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, even Grandma tested positive for drugs. Without recourse he had to be placed outside the family. All that to say, if this bill passes, both of her children will be given back to them. And DHS will no longer be able to remove these babies for parents being on drugs. It won't matter if mom and dad are strung out on meth, hallucinating, leave them alone etc, etc...or far worse. Why would they consider passing this bill? Who would introduce this bill? What needs to happen is judges need to see these babies need to be made adoptable long before they are old. They should have a '3 Strikes Bill'. If they test positive 3 times those children should be able to be adopted whether parents give up rights or not. There is something so wrong / twisted in a country where we don't protect our most innocent citizens. I have seen the loving foster parents first hand, raise a child from 'birth-4-5-6- years' and a judge will give the children to a un-known distant relative who they have never met, suddenly shows up and says they will take them. That is bad enough, but if this bill passes they will now not take them from the parents who do drugs all day! I am sorry, I had just wondered if you had heard of this, what person has introduced this craziness, and is no one in Washington, not one, watching out for the children's welfare there. They talk about these children in foster care being unwanted, they are desperately wanted or foster parents would not be willing to have their hearts broken over and over again. I bet you if they passed a 3 Strike Bill, all these children would be adopted into wonderful homes. The judges make it almost impossible till the poor kids are half grown. Had to vent, God will not tarry to much longer I am afraid. Sincerely, Karen

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    06/06/2019 12:25 PM

    I can't believe the cruel and unconstitutional treatment that has been inflicted upon this man. Solitary confinement, Rikers Island, for financial crimes? It's been over a year, and Manafort's still awaiting trial. When did the United States become a banana republic?

  • Delma Garcia

    06/06/2019 12:16 PM

    I am praying against New York legislators. It seems there are no decent God fearing men or women there. Lord, help us

  • Rosemarie Kaupp

    06/06/2019 12:12 PM

    The democrats have become what they have foresworn---Russia!!!!

  • Darla Hudson

    06/06/2019 11:42 AM

    You say there isnt anything the President can do to help Manafort, but is there anything in the Constitution that could help this man from being sent to this Prision; since his Crimes aren't the type of crimes that Prisoners there are sent there?

  • Debbie Sedars

    06/06/2019 10:52 AM

    I am sickened by what has happened to this man for crimes he committed more than a decade ago which never would have been discovered but for his affiliation with the Trump election. I am sickened and horrified by what has happened to our country. And I am eternally grateful to the Almighty for His intervention in the 2016 election. No other human being could withstand what our President has been through. May God continue to bless President Trump and give strength to Mr. Manafort. And May He shine the light of truth on the Deep State and change the hearts and minds (as only He can) of those in our government who are so full of hatred and evil intent. God bless America.

  • Cindy Collins

    06/06/2019 10:33 AM

    Send this man to Rikers Island is awful. Isn't there any judicial branch that can stop this? Very scary.

  • Katherine Kuuslsto

    06/06/2019 10:12 AM

    NYC DA Vance is nothing but a hateful, evil, bitter old bully, as is everyone involved in this outrageous action!! It’s absolutely sickening to see what the dems or left are getting away with. This double standard BS is really getting old, and WAY out of hand!
    My heart & prayers go out to Mr. Manafort & his family.
    Something has to be done about the democrats maniacal behavior. I always taught my kids to pray for those that persecute you & hate you. As difficult as it is to do, trust that the Lord WILL take care of it! All I can say is, “WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.” ??????

  • Beth Porche

    06/06/2019 10:07 AM

    Dear God Governor Huckabee, isn’t there something we could do for this poor man? Can we start a petition or can someone post this on tv and everywhere! We need to help him!

  • Helen Corey

    06/06/2019 09:24 AM

    Praying for Paul Manafort—so should all religious people. If NY can hold a person awaiting trial in prison where his life is at risk, it can happen to anyone. If Manafort is declared innocent, how is he repaid for time spent in high security prison?

  • Patricia McMahon

    06/05/2019 07:46 PM

    I watching the news last evening, they were talking about the demoncrats in congress wanting to increase their scheduled pay raise for next year higher. PAY RAISE? What have they done to earn their present pay level? Gov. Mike - isn't this really insulting to We The People? The GOP Senator was going to try to squash it. I still don't see how they deserve any income; since they have been a do nothing congress. What do you think of this situation? Other than the ballot box; is there some way give them a poor performance report?

  • Patsy Crum

    06/05/2019 06:21 PM

    I read that scientific studies have proven that power can result in brain damage. Can this explain some of the insanity?

  • Judy Sinclair

    06/05/2019 04:46 PM

    This is an atrocity of our justice system. Totally wrong punishment for Mr. Manafort. No way in hell is this justified punishment for white collar crimes. This is a dangerous presedence being set if allowed to go forward. Our court systems need to be overhauled and cleaned house along with the government. The swamp has taken over more than we realize.