Robert Mueller Wants 17-22 Years in Prison for Paul Manafort, Says he ‘Brazenly’ Broke the Law for Years

President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort departs U.S. District Court after a motions hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, May 4, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst | Reuters)
President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort departs U.S. District Court after a motions hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, May 4, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst | Reuters)

Former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort “repeatedly and brazenly” broke the law, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing unsealed Saturday.

“The crimes he engaged in while on bail were not minor; they went to the heart of the criminal justice system,” Mueller wrote in a sentencing memorandum in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

In the massive 800-page document, Mueller said that federal sentencing guidelines suggest Manafort get between 17 and nearly 22 years of incarceration when he is sentenced in the D.C. court on March 13.

But Mueller did not recommend that Judge Amy Berman Jackson impose a particular prison sentence on the longtime Republican operative. Jackson can sentence Manafort to a maximum of 10 years in prison due to statutory requirements.

However, the special counsel did call for a stiff sentence, highlighting Manafort’s “bold” criminal actions and extensive pattern of deceit that “remarkably went unabated even after indictment.”

Manafort, 69, is also due to be sentenced in a separate case brought by special counsel prosecutors in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 8. Mueller has already said in that case that under sentencing guidelines Manafort could face up to 24 years behind bars, and pay up to tens of millions of dollars in fines.

If the judge in the D.C. case sentences Manafort to prison time, she can decide whether to add it to his sentence in the Virginia case or allow it to be served at the same time.

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SOURCE: Kevin Breuninger, Dan Mangan
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