Special counsel Robert Mueller has recommended between 19 to 24 years in prison for President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. A sentence in that range would probably mean that Manafort, 69, would spend the rest of his life behind bars.
“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,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing Friday night.
Manafort’s sentence will be determined by federal judge T.S. Ellis. A sentencing date has not been set. He was convicted of eight financial crimes in Virginia in August, including bank fraud, tax fraud and failure to disclose a foreign bank account. The special counsel’s sentencing recommendation came the same week a federal judge in Washington ruled Manafort had lied to prosecutors about his communication with Russian political operative Konstantin Kilimnik.
Manafort had pleaded guilty in that case. As part of the plea deal, he agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s team, but because he was found to have lied, the government is no longer required to recommend a reduced sentence, judge Amy Berman Jackson said.
Trump’s former campaign chair is expected to be sentenced March 13 in that case.
Per: Washington Examiner