As I just said on CNN, I don’t see any new bombshells in the Manafort sentencing memorandum. Judge Jackson already knows so much about Manafort’s criminal activity and his recent lies, so there was no need for Mueller to repeat that information here.
Obviously Manafort is in an extremely difficult legal situation entirely due to his own misconduct. He decided not to cooperate until after he lost at trial in the Virginia case, and then blew up his own plea deal by lying.
He also committed new crimes while out on bond. Mueller suggested to the judge that she has the power to order that her sentence runs consecutive to the sentence Manafort receives in the Virginia case. There’s no serious question that he will receive a lengthy sentence and could die in prison.
He’s hoping for a pardon from Trump, but with the New York Attorney General ready to bring charges against him if he’s pardoned, it’s hard to see Manafort walking free soon, given that Trump can’t pardon convictions for state crimes.