Mueller says former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort deserves 19-24 years in prison

Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller urged a federal judge in Virginia on Friday to impose a strict prison sentence for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The 69-year-old last year convicted by a jury on eight counts of bank and tax fraud.

In their sentencing memo filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, prosecutors said Manafort deserves between 19.6 and 24.4 years in prison and a fine of between $50,000 and $24 million.

Friday's court filing in Virginia came just days after a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that Manafort had breached his plea agreement in a parallel case by lying to investigators despite a pledge to cooperate.

A jury last year convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight counts of bank and tax fraud

That finding earlier this week by Judge Amy Berman Jackson in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia could have a direct impact on how Manafort is sentenced in the Virginia case.

Judge T.S. Ellis in Alexandria, Virginia, had planned to sentence Manafort on Feb. 8, but he later postponed that until after Jackson's ruling, saying it "may have some effect on the sentencing decision in this case."

The 69-year-old now faces 19.6 and 24.4 years in prison and a fine of between $50,000 and $24 million

Manafort was one of the first people in Trump's orbit to face criminal charges as part of Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor.

Trump has denied colluding and called the probe a witch hunt, while Russia has denied meddling in the election.

None of the charges Manafort faced related directly to Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

In the Virginia case, prosecutors accused Manafort of hiding from U.S. tax authorities $16 million he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, money he used to fund an opulent lifestyle.

Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller urged a federal judge in Virginia on Friday to impose a strict prison sentence

Later, when his lobbying work started to dry up following the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, prosecutors said Manafort began lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans to keep his lifestyle afloat.

After almost four days of deliberations, a 12-member jury found Manafort guilty on two counts of bank fraud, five counts of tax fraud and one charge of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

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  • Horrifying moment huge crocodile pounces on a DOG

    Horrifying moment huge crocodile pounces on a DOG

    playing at the water's edge and dragged it to the depths below.</p><p>Graphic footage, filmed by a school teacher in front of horrified children in Cape York, Queensland, shows two dogs playing on some rocks near a river. </p><p>One dog, with white fur, walks past the other to get closer to the water. </p><p>Children could be heard screaming as a giant crocodile attacked a dog playing at the water's edge</p><p>Meanwhile, a huge crocodile slowly sneaks up on the two dog.</p><p>When it gets within a metre of the white dog, it pounces, catching it squarely between its jaws.</p><p>Children can be heard screaming as the crocodile attacks. </p><p>The crocodile then takes the dog under the water to drown its prey.</p><p>The black dog escapes unhurt and can be seen scampering away from the water.  </p><p>The crocodile attack took place along PK River, which runs behind the Injinoo Primary School in Australia's remote far north. </p><p>The black dog escapes unhurt and can be seen scampering away from the water</p><p>The video attracted hundreds of comments on Facebook, with many criticising the person filming for not alerting the dog. </p><p>One named April Cooper wrote: 'As if you would sit there and not throw a rock or something to save that dog.' </p><p>Another commenter named Melinda Henderson said the video was hard to watch but hoped it raised awareness of the danger of crocodiles.</p><p>She wrote: 'It makes me cringe to watch and wouldn’t have been nice for the kids to see.</p><p>'However we can only hope by it being shared around that it creates awareness about these creatures and not to casually hang around the waters edge in these parts.'      </p><p>The video attracted hundreds of comments on Facebook, with many criticising the person filming for not alerting the dog</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 March 21, 2019
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger hits out at Trump over John McCain jabs, mock president's portly physique 

    Arnold Schwarzenegger hits out at Trump over John McCain jabs, mock president's portly physique 

    remarks against late Arizona Senator John McCain 'disgraceful' and 'destructive'</p><p>Schwarzenegger's comments came after Trump attacked McCain this past weekend on Twitter, focusing on the late senator's ties to the infamous Steele dossier that contains the unverified allegations the Russians have blackmail material on the president. </p><p>On Saturday, Trump said McCain leaking the 'dirty dossier' was 'dark stain' on his legacy.</p><p>By Wednesday, Trump launched into a lengthy rant in which he claimed without citing evidence that McCain had pushed for a war and failed America's veterans.</p><p>Schwarzenegger's comments came after Trump attacked McCain this past weekend on Twitter</p><p>Trump said McCain leaking the 'dirty dossier' was 'dark stain' on his legacy</p><p>'I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted,' Trump told reporters at a campaign-style rally in Lima, Ohio. 'I didn't get (a) thank you but that's OK.'</p><p>McCain and the Terminator first worked together in 2005 on spending initiatives in California before the actor-turned-politician endorsed the Arizona senator for president in 2008.  </p><p>Schwarzenegger, 71, described his old friend as 'a hero.'  </p><p>'He was a great public servant, no two ways about that,' Schwarzenegger asserted. 'He was known for his honesty, for his courage, and his patriotism and his service.' </p><p>The actor-turned-politician endorsed the Arizona senator for president in 2008</p><p>The former Mr Olympia - who is currently working as an aide for the new Terminator film coming out in the Fall - took the time to poke fun at Trump's 243lb physique. </p><p>'I know he must be working out every day because he's so unbelievably in shape,' Schwarzenegger joked. </p><p>And while he doesn't care to embark in a petty feud with the Commander in Chief, the Kindergarten Cop actor does think the president's focus isn't in the right place.  </p><p>'The president should lift people up, should lift the nation up rather than always tearing people down,' he stated. </p><p>Schwarzenegger took one last jab at the President in telling him to focus on the First Lady's efforts to curb online bullying. </p><p> 'Why don't you go and sit down with your wife for just a few minutes, Mr. President, and listen to the First Lady when she's talking about stopping online bullying,' he said. 'That is a really great message. Which way do we go? Your way, or her way. That's really the question here.'</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 March 21, 2019

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