Manafort, 69, pleaded guilty in the special counsel's investigation September 14, 2018, on charges related to political consulting he did in Ukraine. The two conspiracy counts in his Washington case carry a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann suggested at a February 4 hearing in the case that a potential pardon may have tainted Manafort's cooperation with the government, incentivizing him to break the plea deal.
The prosecutors also said they may ask for the second prison sentence to begin only after Manafort completes a sentence of up to 24 years for separate convictions in Virginia.
Prosecutors accused the 69-year-old of lying on five separate topics, including a weird $125,000 payment, attempts to shield his Russian-Ukrainian associate Konstantin Kilimnik, a separate DOJ investigation, and alleged ongoing contacts with the Trump administration after his October 2017 indictment.
The special counsel's sentencing memo details Manafort's illegal campaign to turn high-ranking American leaders against Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko and toward the pro-Russian strongman who put her in jail, Viktor Yanukovych.
He lied, they noted, "to tax preparers, bookkeepers, banks, the Treasury Department, the Department of Justice National Security Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Special Counsel's Office, the grand jury, his own legal counsel, Members of Congress, and members of the executive branch of the United States government".
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"His criminal actions were bold, some of which were committed while under a spotlight due to his work as the campaign chairman and, later, while he was on bail from this Court", Mueller's memo reads.
Because the District case was never tried, it's possible the sentencing memo could illuminate how it is that Manafort fits into Mueller's larger Russian investigation, which is nearing an end.
When he appears in front of Jackson on March 13, he will already have been sentenced March 8 for related crimes in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, barring any change in the scheduling as now set for those hearings.
Manafort's admission of the conspiracy charges in Washington secured him a plea deal Mueller later scrapped after Manafort continued lying. The district attorney's case would be significant because Trump's pardon power doesn't extend to state-level charges.
The document, a sentencing memorandum, was expected to be filed in a Washington, D.C. federal court. Jackson ruled that the special counsel was "no longer bound by its obligations" under the plea agreement. Prosecutors said they can't recommend leniency.
As part of his guilty plea, Manafort admitted to conspiring against the U.S.by laundering money, cheating the USA out of taxes, failing to file foreign bank account reports, violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and lying to the Justice Department. A Mueller prosecutor also said earlier this month that an August 2016 meeting between Manafort and Kilimnik goes to the "heart" of the Russian Federation probe.