Manafort ‘blames everyone’ but himself

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has not shown remorse or taken responsibility for his crimes, federal prosecutors said in a court filing two days ahead of his sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on Tuesday that Manafort “blames everyone from the Special Counsel’s Office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices.”

“Manafort suggests, for example, that but for the appointment of the Special Counsel’s Office, he would not have been charged in connection with hiding more than USD55 million abroad, failing to pay more than USD6 million in taxes, and defrauding three financial institutions of more than USD25 million dollars,” prosecutors wrote.

In reality, they said, he was under Justice Department investigation before Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017.

The filing was aimed at persuading a judge to reject Manafort’s pleas for leniency at today’s sentencing hearing in Alexandria, Virginia. Sentencing calculations call for a punishment of up to 24 years.

Paul Manafort in Washington. – AP