The former lobbyist receives a much lower sentence than the Justice Department’s recommendations, which suggested imposing between 19 and 24 years in prison.
Former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort was sentenced on Thursday to nearly four years in prison for tax and banking fraud flushed out as part of the sprawling Russian investigation.
For example, the 69-year-old lobbyist received a much lower sentence than the Justice Department’s recommendations, which suggested imposing between 19 and 24 years in prison.
Jurisprudence “remarkably light”
Paul Manafort has “committed serious offenses,” said Justice T.S. Ellis, who set a 47-month sentence in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington.
Taking into account the “remarkably light” case law in cases of tax evasion, the magistrate justified his apparent leniency by his desire “to avoid disparities” with other similar cases.
“What you have seen today confirms what we have been saying since the first day: there is absolutely no evidence of collusion between Paul Manafort and the Russian government,” Kevin Downing said at the exit of the court. The convicted person’s lawyer.