Mueller could tell all in Manafort court filing

Mueller could tell all in Manafort court filing

Mueller could tell all in Manafort court filing

A critical document that could spell out Paul Manafort's cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller was not publicly filed before its midnight Friday deadline.

The memo is likely the last major filing by prosecutors as Manafort heads into his sentencing hearings next month and as Mueller's investigation approaches a conclusion.

In the document, prosecutors cast light on the great range of people Manafort deceived including 'Members of Congress, and members of the executive branch of the United States government'.

Manafort, who turns 70 in a month, has been jailed since June for the witness tampering.

However, it argued that there are "many aggravating sentencing factors and no warranted mitigating factors" in Manafort's conduct, a recommendation that increases the likelihood that the once-wealthy political consultant will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Although serious, none of Manafort's convictions relate to so-called "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

In the memo, submitted in one of two criminal cases Manafort faces, prosecutors do not yet take a position on how much prison time he should serve or whether to stack the punishment on top of a separate sentence he will soon receive in a Virginia prosecution. But he has flipped not only Paul Manafort, but Michael Cohen, Mike Flynn.

As part of his plea deal in September, Manafort, 69, acknowledged he was guilty of everything he was accused of both in Washington, D.C. and in Virginia: making millions as an unregistered lobbyist for Ukrainian politicians, hiding that money to avoid paying taxes, defrauding banks to pay his debts when his oligarch patrons fell out of power, and lying to cover up his crimes while trying to persuade witnesses to do the same. "And I think we have to start paying heed to that and preparing ourselves for the possibility that, yes, in fact Robert Mueller does not have that evidence".

Manafort gave inconsistent accounts of an August 2016 meeting in New York City at which he and Kilimnik discussed a peace plan for Ukraine, a top foreign policy priority for Russian Federation. That deception voided the plea deal.

In recent weeks, court papers have revealed that Manafort shared polling data related to the Trump campaign with Kilimnik. His criminal case in Washington stems from illegal lobbying he carried out on behalf of Ukrainian interests. Each count carries a maximum of five years in prison.

Special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann suggested at a February 4 hearing in the case that a potential pardon may have tainted Manafort's cooperation with the government, incentivizing him to break the plea deal. Prosecutors handling that case recommended a sentence of between 19 years and 24.5 years in prison for Manafort, who faces sentencing March 6. His sentencing in the District has already been set for March 13.

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