Manafort sentencing marks rare reprieve for Trump world in Mu

  Donald Trump has rarely caught a break since special counsel Robert Mueller clamped a vise around his White House two years ago.

  Yet the President likely got to savor a few, rare crumbs of comfort on Thursday as he faces down an expansive set of crimi

nal, civil and congressional investigations into his presidency, campaign, business empire and personal life.

  The Virginia judge who handed Trump’s former campa

ign chairman Paul Manafort a 47-month sentence — far below the federal guidelines for his cr

imes — also gave Trump a propaganda tool for his fervent effort to discredit Mueller’s investigation.

  Trump had already seized on new doubts about the credibility of his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who branded the President a con man and a liar in a sen

sational Capitol Hill hearing last week, but who is facing new accusations of perjury.

  Nothing that happened Thursday lessened Trump’s potential legal or political expo

sure, or repudiated Mueller’s investigation, which has uncovered a pattern of lying by Trump aco

lytes about unexplained ties to Russia. It’s a measure of how grim the last few years have been for the President that the ja

iling of his former campaign chairman could interpreted in any way as good news for his White House.

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