Trump: Paul Manafort Received a Tough Sentence; ‘What About Comey and Crooked Hillary?’


President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he believed his former campaign manager Paul Manafort received a tough sentence and wondered why the same hasn't happened for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former FBI director James Comey.

"Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns. Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair!" Trump tweeted.

A federal judge revoked bail conditions for Manafort after special counsel Robert Mueller accused Manafort of witness tampering. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman ordered Manafort to spend his time in a jail cell awaiting his criminal trial. Manafort was first indicted last October and has since been confined to his home and required to wear an electronic-monitoring device. His trial for the Washington case is set for September, but he has another trial scheduled in Virginia for related charges in July.

When Manafort was first indicted, the White House said the charges had nothing to do with the president and the 2016 campaign.

"Today’s announcement has nothing to do with the President, has nothing to do with the President’s campaign or campaign activity," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Trump has made frequent complaints about how he believes Clinton was given a pass for corrupt and criminal activity while his friends and associates have been treated unfairly. In addition to Clinton, Trump believes Comey is a criminal.

During a Friday interview, Trump said Comey's conduct in regards to the Clinton email investigation was "criminal" and "horrible."

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Andrew Kugle is the assistant social media editor for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2013. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, he worked as a Staff/Press Assistant for South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Andrew is from De Pere, Wisconsin and lives in D.C. His Twitter handle is @AndrewJKugle. You can reach him at

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