Disgraced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Jr. will never practice law again in his native Connecticut, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel announced this week.
In its reporting of January disciplinary actions facing Connecticut attorneys, the OCDC Tuesday wrote that Manafort, who resigned from the state bar ahead of misconduct hearings, has waived his right to “apply for readmission to the bar at any time in the future.”
In waiving his rights, Manafort “has not been subjected to coercion or duress, and the respondent is fully aware of the consequences of submitting the resignation,” according to the filing.
The 69-year-old New Britain native learned back in November that Connecticut was seeking to disbar him from practicing law in the Nutmeg State, even though Manafort has no law practice, offices or clients in the state. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1974. Manafort, whose father, Paul Manafort Sr., was a Republican mayor from New Britain, also faces a disbarment hearing in Washington, D.C.
The OCDC brought its presentment case against Manafort late last year in light of his guilty pleas on two conspiracy counts, including one covering varied offenses related to his lobbying work and efforts to conceal income, and another related to witness tampering that landed him in a Virginia jail.
At the time, Brian Staines, chief disciplinary counsel from the OCDC, told the Connecticut Law Tribune that rules governing the disciplinary counsel allowed the office to impose penalties on an attorney following the conviction of a crime.
Trump brought Manafort, a longtime Republican political consultant, to his team in the spring of 2016 to help him lock up the nomination of his party at the Republican National Convention that summer.
Manafort could face more than a decade in prison when he is sentenced in two separate court hearings this week and next week.
According to NBC News, in the first charges brought on behalf of special counsel Robert Mueller III, Manafort was accused of failing to report $16.5 million in income for political consulting work on behalf of the Russian-backed government of Ukraine and its former president, Viktor Yanukovych. In addition, a Virginia jury found Manafort guilty of not paying taxes on that income and failing to report foreign lobbying.
Manafort was also convicted of providing false information to a bank in order to get favorable loans.