Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office responded to Paul Manafort’s sentencing memo.
Manafort of course argued against a prison sentence of 19 1/2 to 24 years, stating it is “clearly disproportionate” since he is a first-time offender.
Mueller’s prosecutors argued that Manafort should receive zero credit for pleading guilty.
“Here, a court has already found Manafort lied to the government and the grand jury,” Mueller said. “That is not a basis for a lower sentence, but rather a more severe one.”
“He neither pled promptly nor provided complete and honest cooperation. He also has not paid back any of the taxes owed.”
In addition, Mueller focused on the fact that when Manafort was cooperating he was still lying to investigators, as a result his plea agreement was invalidated by the judge and that if anything, Manafort continues to pose a threat of recidivism.
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“Such actions are inconsistent with learning any positive lesson from his criminal conduct and proof that the defendant poses a serious risk of recidivism.”
“Manafort chose repeatedly and knowingly to violate the law — whether the laws proscribed garden-variety crimes such as tax fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and bank fraud, or more esoteric laws that he nevertheless was intimately familiar with, such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA),” Mueller’s memo read.
“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 on bail from this court.”
Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday of this week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
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