Paul Manafort Attacks Mueller In Plea For Leniency

Buzzfeed News reports:

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort on Friday continued to attack special counsel Robert Mueller, accusing Mueller’s office of not only vilifying him, but also of “spreading misinformation.”

Manafort and his lawyers have used pre-sentencing memos not only to lobby for a lower prison sentence, but also to criticize the special counsel’s office — something they’ve had limited opportunities to do, given a gag order imposed early on.

In a sentencing memo filed Friday in Manafort’s case in federal court in Virginia, his lawyers wrote that Mueller had unfairly impugned Manafort’s character.

Bloomberg reports:

Paul Manafort should serve far less time in prison than the 19 to 24 years that prosecutors say he faces for his fraud convictions in Virginia, according to his lawyers.

Lawyers for Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman urged U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III to show leniency in sentencing him on March 7 for financial crimes, citing his declining health.

They also said Special Counsel Robert Mueller miscalculated how much time Manafort faces under sentencing guidelines, applying the wrong legal standard.