Paul Mannorth's lawyers, a longtime Republican consultant who spent five months as President of President Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 elections, pleaded on Monday a federal judge to save their 69-year-old client from a verdict a creature will send to prison for the rest of his life.
In a 47-page memorandum sent to the US District Court in Washington, Mannorth's legal team described a client who was "personally, professionally and financially" destroyed by Special Adviser Robert Murray's investigation of charges of collusion between the presidential Trump's campaign for 2016 and Russia. They claim that Mannorth deserves a sentence "significantly" less than the statutory maximum of 1
personally and financially denounced [sic] as a result of his conduct and forfeiture, for which he had agreed, "his lawyers wrote." There is no reason to believe that the conviction for years in prison is necessary to prevent him "
His lawyers added that Manafourt" does not pose a risk to society, which in itself is prevented from engaging in such behavior based on widespread negative publicity in this case, and its deprivation of freedom in lonely arrest.
In his memorandum, Manafourt's attorneys claim that their client "served four US presidents and had no previous criminal history," but he was "presented to this court by the government as a hardened criminal."
"This case is not for murder, drug cartels, organized crime, the Madoff Ponzi scheme, or the dissolution of Enron, "they write.
Instead, they said Manaforth was irreparably damaged by the control and scope of the investigation, which led to no allegations of "the Russian deal".
The Manavort case, lawyers say, already acts as a deterrent to potential future offenders.
"As a result of this widely reported case, the public already understands what can happen when the full procuratorial power of the United States government is overthrown by an individual, and the potential offenders
Mannorth's law enforcement team has included statements by witnesses including his wife, Kathleen and his daughter who said her father was "worthy of forgiveness."
The note from the Manafor legal team follows a verdict filed by Muller's office on Friday night for one of two criminal cases, for The prosecutors in this note, which was filed at the federal court in Washington, said Manafourt "repeatedly and blatantly violated the law," revealing "a strong attachment to crimes and a lack of remorse." The document contained a list of Mannorth's crimes, including offenses related to "wildlife" such as "tax fraud, money laundering, impediment to justice and bank fraud" and more "esoteric" crimes, such as -one for registration of foreign agents. Prosecutors also claim Manafourt has been "brave" in his crime, doing illegal activity not only before and while he worked for Trump's campaign but while he was at large.
Mannorth was convicted last year of eight bank accounts. and tax fraud, and he pleaded guilty to two more charges of plotting and lying to the FBI. He is due to be sentenced next month in two separate federal criminal cases, in Virginia and Washington, for crimes related to unregistered foreign lobbying and counseling of pro-Russian politicians and oligarchs in Ukraine in the years before Trump's presidential campaign.
In Virginia, US District Court Judge Ellis III had scheduled Manavourt's sentence in early February, but the hearing was adjourned as lawyers settled a dispute over whether Manaufort broke his agreement with Muller in Washington. Jackson decided last week that Manavore had deliberately lied to the FBI and Muller's team about the contacts he had with Tramp officials and about his ties to Russian intelligence officers two months after he had reached an agreement, thus eliminating it, and Muller recommends a tighter sentence. Muller's team recommended Mannorth to serve 24.5 years in prison in Virginia – a lifetime sentence of 69 years. He is expected to be sentenced to a state court in Virginia on March 8, according to a court filing. Mannorth also expects a date of 13 March in a case filed by Muller in Washington, where he is found guilty on a conspiracy charge. and accusations of a lie to federal prosecutors and a big jury
Ellis and Jackson, the judges in Virginia and Washington, will probably determine how Manaport will serve the jail. According to the initial deal, Muller agreed to recommend Manavourt to fulfill his sentence in Washington at the same time as his sentence in Virginia. But after Jackson's decision last week, Muller could offer Mannorth to serve his sentences in a row.
Last November, Trump, for Manafour's pardon, said he "will not take him off the table." At that time, Democratic Representative Jerry Nadller of New York, the chairman of the Judicial Committee, warned Trump that "even if you pardon" for Mannorth, "he will strengthen the charge or accusation of impeding justice." More recently, Bloomberg News has revealed that New York prosecutors are preparing to file charges against Mannorth in case he receives presidential pardon.