Paul Manafort just can’t catch a break these days.
Maximum Sentence Looms
Manafort, who was convicted in August on bank and tax fraud charges, hoped that Mueller would recommend leniency due to his reported health problems. His sentencing is set for Thursday.
But Mueller filed a sentencing memo on Tuesday recommending that Manafort spend up to 24 years in prison. The special counsel did not stop there, either.
In a sentencing memo, Mueller blasted Manafort. “Manafort was the lead perpetrator and a direct beneficiary of each offense,” the memo read. “And while some of these offenses are commonly prosecuted, there was nothing ordinary about the millions of dollars involved in the defendant’s crimes, the duration of his criminal conduct, or the sophistication of his schemes.”
Mueller also specifically mentioned that Manafort could have received a much lighter sentence until he “intentionally” violated his plea deal.
Meanwhile, Manafort’s lawyers asked the judge for leniency, saying that Manafort is “truly remorseful for his conduct.”
In their sentencing memo, they wrote that Mueller’s “attempt to vilify Mr. Manafort as a lifelong and irredeemable felon is beyond the pale and grossly overstates the facts before this court.”
Manafort, who turns 70 next month, tried to make the argument that his health problems were a contributing factor to his plea violation.
But Mueller’s team maintains that Manafort’s health problems are not severe enough to warrant a lighter sentence.
Mueller said, “Manafort can and should receive proper medical care while he is incarcerated. But none of Manafort’s reported conditions warrants a variance or departure.”
Nonetheless, we have seen far worse criminals get far less. Let’s face it … Manafort’s biggest crime was being associated with Donald Trump.