Biden admin. brings lawsuit against Paul Manafort

Fox News reports that President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against Paul Manafort. 

Manafort was the chairman of former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Since then, he has found himself in a lot of legal trouble. This is the latest.

“Failure to timely report”

This particular lawsuit brought by the DOJ is only a civil lawsuit, which means that Manafort is only facing a possible financial penalty.

The DOJ’s court filing, in part, reads, “the United States of America brings this action to collect outstanding civil penalties assessed against Defendant Paul J. Manafort for his willful failure to timely report his financial interest in foreign bank accounts.”

The DOJ claims that, between 2006 and 2014, Manafort failed to report some 20 offshore accounts. The accounts are from Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadin, and the United Kingdom.

Altogether, the DOJ is looking for $2,976,350.15 from Manafort.

Manafort responds

Following the lawsuit, Jeffrey Neiman, Manafort’s attorney, released a statement calling the lawsuit an attempt to “embarrass” Manafort.

“Today’s civil lawsuit seeks a money judgment against Mr. Manafort for simply failing to file a tax form,” Neiman said. “Mr. Manafort was aware the Government was going to file the suit because he has tried for months to resolve this civil matter. Nonetheless, the Government insisted on filing this suit simply to embarrass Mr. Manafort.”

The lawsuit does indeed state that the Treasury Department sent Manafort a notice indicating its assessment of $3 million in penalties in July of 2020.

Background

In 2018, Manafort was convicted by a jury of tax evasion and bank fraud. Prosecutors specifically alleged that Manafort hid from the IRS millions that he earned while working as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. They also alleged that Manafort lied to banks in order to secure $20 million in loans.

Manafort, as a result, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. But, Trump, in December 2020, just before he left office, pardoned Manafort.

The prosecution of Manafort came during the Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax. A Republican-led U.S. Senate committee, in 2020, did find that Manfort’s involvement in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign posed a counterintelligence threat to the United States because of his background. But, as for Trump-Russia collusion, that was not found.

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