Paul Manafort is to be imprisoned for up to 24 years, demands Robert Mueller. He allegedly participated in an ominous meeting of a Russian lawyer in the Trump Tower.
The Russia special investigator Robert Mueller applies for the former election campaign manager of US President Donald Trump, a high prison sentence. Paul Manafort to be sentenced to between 19.6 and 24.4 years imprisonment and a fine of between 50,000 and 24 million dollars , wrote the office Mueller on Friday in court documents.
Manafort was convicted by a jury last year. Only a few days ago, a judge had accused Manafort of having made false statements. He had violated an agreement with Mueller, which provided for penalties.
Manafort is a key figure in Mueller’s investigations. He joined Trump’s election campaign camp in March 2016. In June 2016, Trump made him his campaign manager. In the same month, Manafort attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer in the Trump Tower, which raises many questions. The eldest son of today’s president, Donald Trump Jr., had agreed to meet with the lawyer because he was promised compromising material about Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton.
Among other things, Mueller is investigating whether Russia has influenced the presidential election campaign in 2016 and whether there have been collusion with Trump’s campaign team. Manafort is considered a key figure in the investigation. For Trump, the investigation is extremely unpleasant. He regularly scourges it as a “witch hunt”.
In the affair Mueller has now also asked Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. “The president has urged me, as well as everyone in the government, to fully cooperate with the Special Investigator,” said Sanders on Friday. “I liked to be with them voluntarily.” The conversation with Mueller and his team had already been conducted at the end of 2018.