READ: Mueller's Sentencing Memo Details Manafort's 'Repeated and Brazen Violations of the Law'

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Posted: Feb 23, 2019 4:52 PM
READ: Mueller's Sentencing Memo Details Manafort's 'Repeated and Brazen Violations of the Law'

Source: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File

On Friday, prosecutors in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's filed a sentencing memo for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Mueller's office accused Manafort of “repeatedly and brazenly” violating the law. The memo was reviewed and redacted before being made public on saturday.

“Manafort committed an array of felonies for over a decade, up through the fall of 2018,” the memo says. “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. 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."

Earlier this month, a judge threw out Manafort's plea agreement because he agreed to "cooperate fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly with the government," but he broke that agreement when he lied to special counselor Robert Mueller. 

The judge concluded that Manafort "intentionally made multiple false statements to the FBI, the OSC [office of the special counsel] and the grand jury concerning matters that were material to the investigation."

Manafort was charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, witness tampering and making false statements. 

The former Trump campaign chairman faces between 17 and 22 years in prison, although Muller's office hasn't offered a recommendation for a specific timeframe. Manafort, who is almost 70, is almost guaranteed to spend the rest of his life behind bars given the sentence he's facing.

Here's the full, redacted memo: