Judge says former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort might spend ‘the rest of his life in prison’

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  • Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, appears like he might be taking a look at a lifetime in jail, based on the choose overseeing his case.
  • Manafort was put underneath “24-hour-a-day lockdown” on Friday by the choose.
  • Manafort has been charged with dozens of crimes by particular counsel Robert Mueller in the continuing investigation into Russian election interference.

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The district choose assigned to Paul Manafort’s case mentioned the gravity and quantity of expenses in opposition to President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager means he may presumably spent the rest of his life behind bars, based on Politico.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who will probably be overseeing Manafort’s trial, mentioned Manafort may face grave penalties for his alleged crimes.

“Given the character of the fees in opposition to the defendant and the obvious weight of the proof in opposition to him, defendant faces the very actual chance of spending the rest of his life in jail,” Ellis mentioned of the former campaign manager.

Ellis made the remark in an order he handed down on Friday in which he put Manafort on “24-hour-a-day lockdown” in his Alexandria, Virginia condominium, Politico reported. The choose mentioned he thought-about Manafort a major flight danger as a consequence of his wealth and the potential penalties of the fees in opposition to him.

Particular counsel Robert Mueller has charged Manafort with a over 30 charges together with quite a few depend of financial institution fraud, tax fraud, failure to reveal international financial institution accounts, conspiracy to launder cash, mendacity to the chief department, and conspiracy in opposition to the United States.

Mueller’s most up-to-date indictment document alleges that Manafort, along with his long-time enterprise companion and deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, arrange offshore financial institution accounts that they then did not confide in the right authorities, and laundered over $75 million by way of these accounts.

Whereas Gates entered a responsible plea with Mueller final month, Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all expenses. Following Gates’s flip, Mueller dismissed 20 expenses in opposition to him, indicating that he might have given Mueller one thing of excessive worth in his investigation into Russian election interference and Trump’s alleged ties to the nation.

Manafort labored for years as a advisor and lobbyist for pro-Russian former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution. After Yanukovych’s ouster, Manafort helped to rebrand his occasion into the Celebration of Areas, and made it attainable for the occasion to achieve extra seats than anticipated in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections.

Manafort was current at a quantity of essential turning factors in the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, together with the notorious Trump Tower assembly in June 2016 which was organized after a Russian lawyer reached out to Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr. about “filth” she needed to supply him about 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Manafort’s trial is about to begin in fall, proper earlier than the midterm elections.

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