As Paul Manafort Jr.’s attorneys attempt to shorten their client’s upcoming jail sentence for financial fraud and allegedly lying to investigators, the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel in Connecticut is seeking to have the former Trump campaign manager disbarred in his home state.
Manafort, a New Britain native and the son of former Republican New Britain mayor Paul Manafort Sr., was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in October 1974.
The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel brought a presentment case against the 69-year-old Manafort on Thursday in light of his guilty pleas on two conspiracy counts, including one covering varied offenses related to his previous lobbying work and efforts to conceal income, and another related to witness tampering that landed him in a Virginia jail.
Brian Staines, chief disciplinary counsel from the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, told the Connecticut Law Tribune on Friday that rules governing the disciplinary counsel allow the office to impose penalties on an attorney following conviction for a crime. In all likelihood, Staines said, the hearing will lead to a long-term suspension, which, in effect, amounts to disbarment.
When asked by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday whether the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller III planned to charge Manafort over alleged false statements made to investigators, Andrew Weissmann, a top prosecutor working for Mueller, said, “That determination has not been made yet.”
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Friday set a Dec. 7 deadline for the Office of the Special Counsel to spell out Manafort’s alleged mistruths. The judge also set March 5 as Manafort’s sentencing date, but said the date could change as lawyers for both sides argue over whether the plea agreement was breached.