Special Advisor Robert Muller would like Paul Manaforth to be in jail for a long, long time, according to a new remark about sentencing he filed for Manawort in Virginia.
A special lawyer did not recommend a special sentence for Manaforth. But as a stadium, he said that he agrees with the proposed governing bodies of the probation division on sentence not less than 19 and a half years.
Manaforth acted more than ten years, as if he was above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars, "- wrote Muller. "The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes and serve both to prevent Manaforth and other people from such behavior."
Manafort was convicted of financial crimes after trial in Virginia, and then signed an agreement to refuse to prevent. The second is in Washington, DC. Therefore, it will be condemned by two different judges ̵
This first memorandum was put forward in Virginia and focused on financial crimes of Manaforth: false tax returns, non-declaration of foreign assets and bank fraud.
All allegations against Manafort related to his past work for the former government of Ukraine, his finances, or to try to intervene in the investigation. He was not accused of any criminal conspiracy to intervene in the 2016 elections.
But Muller clearly says that Manaforth still hides a lot. A special lawyer accused him of lying about the sharing of Trump's campaign data with a Russian lawyer, hiding his work to promote the "peace plan in Ukraine" and other topics.
Manaforte's complex legal situation is a somewhat legendary republican operator and lobbyist who spent decades working for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians before joining Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.
Because of his contacts with pro-Russian interests, Manafort has long been the main figure that interest investigators investigating whether Tramp's campaign with Russia interfered in order to intervene in the election – and he became the first person accused of special adviser Robert Muller. Since then, his legal road has been long and winding:
- In October 2017, Muller accused Manaforth and his long-standing right-wing husband, Rick Gates, in Washington, DC, for crimes perpetrated against their past Ukraine.
- In February 2018, Mueller filed a second indictment of Manaforth-this in the East Virginia County for taxes, bank fraud and other financial crimes. Shortly thereafter, Gates "turned over", signing an agreement on the deal and working with the government.
- In June 2018 Muller added additional charges to Manaforta in the District of Columbia, arguing that he and his Russian lawyer Konstantin Kilimnik tried to prevent the investigation
- The case of Mariforte in Virginia ended first, and on August 21, the jury found him guilty of eight points false tax declarations, bank fraud, and the appearance of foreign assets. (The jury was not able to reach a unanimous verdict on 10 other points that arose as a result of one crash, and these allegations ended in dismissal.)
- After his conviction, Manafort agreed to an agreement with the prosecutor's office in the county district to prevent it from being the second court. In his request, Manafort acknowledged that all allegations against him were true, agreed to lose millions of dollars in assets and assumed the obligation to cooperate with the government.
- But in November last year, after Manafort met with the government 12 times and twice appeared before the great Müller jury, the government announced that it had violated the agreement to accept the request by repeatedly deceiving them in several various topics. And last Wednesday, the judge from the District of Columbia Amy Berman Jackson put the majority of these allegations on the side of the government
. His sentencing in Columbia is scheduled for March 13, and his sentence in Virginia is not yet scheduled.
What Manafort actually was convicted
During the court trial in Virginia, the prosecutor's office filed a case in two parts.
First, they argued that, during the years prior to Manaforth's accession to Trump's campaign, he received millions of payments for his work for Ukrainian politicians. He then transferred $ 30 million from these foreign companies to the United States – but he did not disclose that income on his tax forms without paying taxes to him or filling out legally necessary disclosure of his overseas accounts. For all this, he was convicted of a number of tax charges and one incapacity to prosecute foreign accounts.
Secondly, Muller's team focused on what Manawfort allegedly did after he lost his Ukrainian income after the country's president was dropped. They argued that he was trying to raise more money through bank fraud – and for this he was convicted in two cases.
Then, in the District of Columbia, Manawort eventually pleaded guilty to a broad "conspiracy against the United States" – he recognized unregistered lobbying and money laundering related to work in Ukraine, as well as a "conspiracy to impede justice" ( his attempts to bring witnesses to a false story about this work). He also acknowledged the truth of all allegations made in Virginia against him.
Finally, both judges had previously stated that when they condemned Manaforth, they could take into account Muller's accusation that Manaforth had lied in collaboration. Judge Jackson ruled that Manaforth really knowingly lied about paying $ 125,000 on his behalf, about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik (his long-standing Russian lawyer) and another investigation by the Department of Justice. excuse from President Trump, and Muller's team even said in court that this could be a potential motivation for his false statements.
However, former Trump Campaign Manager remains in jail where he lives for eight months. His verdict in Washington will be held on March 13, and his sentence in Virginia is not scheduled.
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