Watch MSNBC's Ari Melber Quote Mobb Deep To Breakdown Paul Manafort's Possible 80-Year Prison Sentence
This isn’t the first time the MSNBC correspondent has used lyrics from the Queensbridge, New York, rap duo.
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman, has been found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. These crimes include five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud, and he faces a maximum of 80 years in prison, according to CNN.
“He would be facing, just on the convictions so far, up to 80 years in jail, which puts the former Trump campaign chief in a position familiar to some other accused hustlers,” Melber begins before quoting lyrics from the track. “In fact, this is a predicament that the writer Big Noyd once recounted in a classic song with Mobb Deep:
Sometimes I wish I had three different faces / I’m going to court for three cases in three places / One in Queens Manhattan one in Brooklyn / The way things is looking I’ma see central bookings.
“Well, Paul Manafort also has three cases, they’re in two places and he’s already seen central booking, with two cases to go,” Melber continues. “Whether he has three faces and actually, would use one of them to plea? Well, that’s the big question tonight.”
This isn’t the first time Melber has used Mobb Deep lyrics to explain current political controversies. Back in March, he referenced the duo’s “Shook Ones Part II” while comparing Nixon’s Watergate scandal to Trump’s abuse of executive privilege to keep investigators from doing their job.