USA Today reports:
Russia special counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge on Friday to send former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to prison for between 20 and 24 years for his conviction on multiple financial fraud charges.
Prosecutors also urged a federal judge in Virginia to move forward with the sentencing, which could amount to a life term for the 69-year-old Manafort who less than three years ago presided over President Donald Trump’s nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
“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 in a court filing Friday night, adding that they agreed with a pre-sentence report filed by federal probation authorities.
NEW: Prosecutors say former @realDonaldTrump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s financial crimes amount to 19.5 to 24.5 years in federal prison. The prosecutors did not give any additional recommendations, according to a sentencing memo filed Friday night.
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) February 16, 2019
BREAKING: Mueller has recommended Paul Manafort serve a sentence of 19.5 to 24.5 years in prisonhttps://t.co/mxWzJOBs0v
— Axios (@axios) February 16, 2019
BREAKING: In the Eastern District of VA case against Paul Manafort, Robert Mueller’s prosecutors are asking for a jail sentence of between 19 & 24 years in prison, a fine range of up to $24 MILLION, restitution of more than $24 MILLION, and forfeiture of more than $4 MILLION
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) February 16, 2019