The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Mueller: Manafort Should Serve 20 Years Plus In Prison


On Friday, CNN reported that special counsel Robert Mueller agrees with the Probation Department’s recommendation of a prison sentence of 19.5 to 24.5 years for President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort:

“In the end, Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars,” prosecutors wrote. “The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes, and serve to both deter Manafort and others from engaging in such conduct.”
As Manafort is 69 years old, a prison sentence this long means he very likely will be locked up for the rest of his life. But, say Mueller’s prosecutors, his age “does not eliminate the risk of recidivism he poses — particularly given that his pattern of criminal activity has occurred over more than a decade.”

The ultimate sentence will be decided by Judge T. S. Ellis, who has overseen Manafort’s trial.

Manafort has spent decades involved in shady business with overseas dictators and strongmen, including Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. He enjoyed a “lavish lifestyle” thanks to his money laundering schemes, including multiple homes in New York and a ridiculously opulent collection of suits.

In the run-up to Manafort’s trial, his bail was revoked after he was caught tampering with witnesses. He was convicted on eight counts of bank fraud and tax evasion, and though he promptly entered into a plea agreement with Mueller to avoid a second trial, he consistently lied to investigators he was supposed to be cooperating with.

White-collar crime is a badly unenforced area of law, which likely is why Manafort believed he could do what he did. But because he attached himself to Trump, he will be made to answer for his crimes.


Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Gen. Glen VanHerch

Youtube Screenshot

Three Chinese spy balloons traversed United States territory unseen during former President Donald Trump's presidency due to a "domain awareness gap," CNN reports.

U.S. Air Force General Glen D. VanHerck, who serves as commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, confirmed to CNN that the successful balloon transit was due to the domain awareness gap but also said he did not "want to go into further detail."

Keep reading...Show less

Steve Bannon

After days of nonstop coverage of a Chinese balloon crossing the continental United States, far-right influencers are now using it to sell prepper supplies for what they claim is an imminent collapse of the American economy. Right-wing media personalities Charlie Kirk and Steve Bannon are hyping the recent Chinese spy balloon saga to sell prepper supplies on their shows.

Both Kirk and Bannon have plugged the preparedness company My Patriot Supply during their recent broadcasts, claiming that the balloon incident — which has been a major subject of fearmongering and conspiracy theories in conservative media — should prompt viewers to amass large quantities of food and other supplies in case of an apocalyptic disaster.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ }}