Paul Manafort 'repeatedly and brazenly' broke law, prosecutors say in sentencing memo

Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington, June 15, 2018.
Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington, June 15, 2018. PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - In a new court filing unsealed on Saturday (Feb 23), prosecutors cited sentencing guidelines that could result in a prison term of up to 22 years for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, for conspiracy charges to which he pleaded guilty last year.

Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced next month for the conspiracy charges, as well as for eight other felonies stemming from a financial fraud prosecution in Northern Virginia.

Manafort, 69, admitted in September that he had conspired to obstruct justice by trying to persuade witnesses to lie to cover up the fact that he had failed to register as a foreign lobbyist in the United States.

Registering as a lobbyist with the Justice Department would have required him to disclose millions of dollars in hidden payments he was receiving from Russia-friendly political parties in Ukraine over a decade.

In the sentencing memo to a federal judge in Washington, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said that "for over a decade, Manafort repeatedly and brazenly violated the law" - continuing to commit crimes even after he was indicted.

They said the fact that he lied to prosecutors after agreeing to cooperate "reflects a hardened adherence to committing crimes and lack of remorse."

Overall, they said, they saw no reason to depart from advisory sentencing guidelines recommending a term of 17 to 22 years for the conspiracy charges.

They made no recommendation on whether Manafort's sentence in the District of Columbia case should run concurrently with his sentence in the Virginia case. After a lengthy trial in Alexandria, Virginia, in August, a jury convicted Manafort of tax fraud, bank fraud and other financial crimes.

 

This month, the prosecutors said they agreed with advisory sentencing guidelines setting Manafort's prison term at 19 to 24 years for the financial fraud scheme. They said that Manafort carried out a highly sophisticated scheme over many years and recruited others to help him execute it "for no other reason than greed."