Paul Manafort 'repeatedly' broke the law, Mueller says in court filing

Special counsel Robert Mueller advocated for a significant sentence for Paul Manafort in a February 22 sentencing memo, citing the "gravity" of the former Trump campaign chairman's criminal conduct.

Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty in a Washington, D.C. court previous year to charges of conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Manafort will appear in a Virginia courtroom on March 8 in the first of two sentencing hearings, where the 69-year-old political consultant and Trump ally could face up to 25 years in prison.

After initially agreeing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation previous year as part of a plea deal, he broke his agreement when he repeatedly lied to federal investigators and is now nearly certain to receive a lengthy sentence. Sentencing in the Virginia case - where prosecutors have said they agree with the probation office's sentencing guidelines of 19 to 24 months - is scheduled for early March.

The memo is also expected to recommend a potential sentence for Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager.

"His deceit, which is a fundamental component of the crimes of conviction and relevant conduct, extend to tax preparers, bookkeepers, banks, the Treasury Department, the Department of Justice National Security Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Special Counsel's Office, the grand jury, his own legal counsel, Members of Congress, and members of the executive branch of the United States government", prosecutors said of Manafort.

"His criminal actions were bold, some of which were committed while under a spotlight due to his work as the campaign chairman and, later, while he was out on bail from this Court".

Defense attorneys have maintained that Manafort did not intentionally give false information and that any inconsistencies were honest mistakes.

Jackson will sentence Manafort after U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III imposes his term in Alexandria. In the District of Columbia, Manafort was charged with conspiracy to defraud the US, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, witness tampering and making false statements. Court papers have said Manafort shared polling data related to the Trump campaign with an associate the Federal Bureau of Investigation says has ties to Russian intelligence. Prosecutors said they'll reserve the right to ask Jackson to run the two sentences consecutively.

So far, 34 people and three companies have pleaded guilty, been indicted or otherwise been swept up into Mueller's inquiry. "Manafort chose repeatedly and knowingly to violate the law", Mueller's sentencing memo reads. The ruling meant prosecutors were no longer bound by the plea deal. This memo is related to charges of conspiracy to defraud the US, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, witness tampering and making false statements, which Manafort reached a plea deal on in a DC court previous year.

"My suggestion is to change the double jeopardy statute in NY to permit prosecutions with this kind of conduct in mind", said Moscow, who is now at Lewis Baach and isn't involved in the matter.

Of particular interest to prosecutors in their questioning of Manafort was a meeting at the Grand Havana Room - a Manhattan cigar club that hosted Manafort, Kilimnik, and Rick Gates for an August 2, 2016 summit.

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