The sentencing memo issued by Robert Mueller in the case of Paul Manafort has finally been made public — and it is not good for Manafort.
Among other things, Mueller alleged that the former Trump campaign chairman “repeatedly and brazenly violated the law.”
Jail Time Imminent
Based on what we have seen so far, it is very likely that Manafort will spend the bulk of the rest of his life behind bars.
He had reached a plea deal, but that went out the window when Mueller alleged that Manafort violated the plea deal.
Now, Mueller seems hell-bent on making sure Manafort never sees the light of day again.
At this point, Manafort’s only hope of having his sentence reduced is if Trump decides to pardon or commute his sentence.
Even if that were the case, though, Manafort can expect to spend at least two-to-six years in prison.
Two Cases Pending
Indeed, Manafort is in the middle of a legal nightmare. He is currently facing significant sentences in two different cases.
First, he has a criminal case pending in Washington, D.C. for lobbying on behalf of Ukraine interests.
In a second case, Manafort was convicted of a total of eight crimes, including bank fraud, tax fraud, and failing to disclose a foreign bank account.
In the sentencing memo, Mueller gave the sentencing judge no reason to even consider leniency in this case. The special counsel painted a picture of a man that knowingly broke the law for many years — and lied to try to cover it up.
To many, this is nothing more than an effort to make Donald Trump guilty by association. Manafort is one of several individuals indicted during the Mueller investigation for Russian collusion that has yet to produce a single indictment against anyone in Trump’s camp for collusion.
Indeed, Trump has yet to be charged — and with the probe winding down, it looks like he isn’t going to be. But it’s absolutely no surprise that our 45th president has been telling the truth all along.