DC court disbars Manafort over criminal convictions

DC court disbars Manafort over criminal convictions
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Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.