Paul Manafort's final date with his legal destiny on Wednesday – barring a presidential pardon – is sure to show why impeachment talk will not be quelled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fresh attempts to tamp it down.
The former Trump campaign chairman is set to appear in court in Washington in a sentencing hearing that will mark a rare moment of closure for Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation, which still has multiple open loops, CNN reported.
The appearance is certain to spark a new round of intrigue and speculation about the ultimate destination and implications of the Russia inquiry, which has embroiled President Donald Trump since his first days in office and poses a serious threat to his presidency.
The fallout from the hearing may show just how difficult it will be for Pelosi to keep liberal demands for impeachment in check. She told The Washington Post that Trump is "not worth" impeaching.
In the DC federal court, Manafort will face a judge – Amy Berman Jackson. Manafort could face up to an additional 10 years in prison, but nothing more, according to federal law. He pleaded guilty to an extensive financial fraud conspiracy and to trying to influence witnesses ahead of his trials.
Manafort will turn 70 in three weeks and is in deteriorating health – a long sentence from Jackson could still keep him behind bars for most of the rest of his life.