On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed that he wishes to see former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort spend between 19 to 24 years in jail, according to The Washington Examiner.
Reviewing the Case for Manafort’s Jail Time
At this time, Manafort is facing a series of convictions for tax fraud, bank fraud, and failure to disclose a foreign bank account. Due to the nature of his crimes, Manafort will likely die in prison. Prosecutors who work for Mueller issued the following statement to T.S. Ellis, the presiding federal judge:
“In the end, Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars. The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes, and serve to both deter Manafort and others from engaging in such conduct.”
The former Trump campaign chairman is current 69-years-old. However, prosecutors have made it more than clear that Manafort’s age does not absolve him from the crimes which were committed:
“Manafort’s age does not eliminate the risk of recidivism he poses — particularly given that his pattern of criminal activity has occurred over more than a decade and that the most recent crimes he pled guilty to occurred from February to April 2018, when he conspired to tamper with witnesses at a time when he was under indictment in two separate districts.”
On Wednesday, a federal court judge tossed the plea agreement which Manafort previously had. The former Trump campaign chairman entered the agreement under the mandate that he would “cooperate fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly with the government.” Since Manafort breached these terms when he lied to Mueller, the agreement is now null and void.
Thus far, a sentencing date for Manafort has not yet been announced.
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