Paul Manafort should face 19 to 24 years in prison, Mueller says
Paul Manafort, Donald Trumpâs former campaign chairman, should be sentenced to 19 to 24 years in prison, special counsel Robert Mueller said on Friday.
The sentence was recommended by Mueller for Manafortâs convictions in Virginia last year for financial crimes that the veteran political consultant began committing before he joined Trumpâs campaign in 2016.
A jury found Manafort guilty in August on eight counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and a foreign bank account. They could not reach a verdict on 10 other charges.
Manafort signed a plea deal to avoid a second trial on other charges in Washington DC, but the deal was scrapped by Mueller after Manafort continued to lie. Manafort faces sentencing for crimes he admitted in that case next month.
Mueller is investigating Russiaâs interference in the 2016 US election, with intelligence agencies concluded was aimed at helping Trump. Prosecutors from Muellerâs team have said Manafortâs interactions in 2016 with Konstantin Kilimnik, an alleged Russian intelligence operative, are a central focus of their inquiries.
Manafort, 69, has been in jail since June last year, when he and Kilimnik were charged with witness tampering while Manafort awaited his trial in Virginia.
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