For lobbying activities in the interests of Russia and financial crimes.
The District of Columbia court sentenced the former head of the election headquarters, Donald Trump, 69, Paul Manafort, to 3.5 years in prison and a $ 6.1 million fine, BBC reports . The verdict was made in the framework of the investigation of Russia’s intervention in the presidential elections in the United States in 2016, which is handled by Special Prosecutor Robert Muller.
Manafort was accused of lobbying activities in the interests of pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, Bloomberg writes. He faced 10 years in prison, but he pleaded guilty and made a deal with the investigation. On March 7, the court sentencedManafort to 4 years imprisonment in a case of financial fraud in the state of Virginia.
The court reinstated Manafort on June 15 due to accusations from the prosecutor’s office of interfering in the testimony of witnesses in a criminal case related to lobbying interests. Trump supported Manafort during the judicial investigation. In June 2018, he called the case against him “very dishonest.”
During the investigation of Muller, it turned out that Manafort had an e-mail account, the correspondence with which he carefully concealed using a method known as “foldering” letters. He was taken into custody, as the court decided that he could influence the course of the investigation. From October 2017, Manafort was under house arrest.