DC court disbars Manafort over criminal convictions

DC court disbars Manafort over criminal convictions
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Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortWebb: Questions for Robert Mueller Top Mueller prosecutor Zainab Ahmad joins law firm Gibson Dunn Russian oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller MORE officially can no longer practice law in Washington, D.C., according to a Thursday court filing.

A panel of judges for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals found that Manafort’s criminal convictions for obstruction of justice through witness tampering and conspiracy to commit fraud were enough to disbar him in D.C.

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The judges wrote in the opinion that Manafort having committed crimes of “moral turpitude” was enough to disbar him in D.C. They retroactively applied the order to Feb. 28.

Manafort resigned from the Connecticut Bar earlier this year after the officials there began proceedings to block him from practicing law in the state. He also agreed to never seek readmission to the bar in the future, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune.

The onetime Trump campaign chairman is currently incarcerated in a minimum security prison in Pennsylvania. He was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison earlier this year and has served roughly 10 months of that sentence.

Manafort was convicted in a Virginia court last year on several foreign lobbying charges stemming from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's Russia investigation. He later pleaded guilty to a pair of conspiracy charges in D.C. court as part of a deal with prosecutors.