Trump's ex-campaign manager Manafort given another prison term

Trump's ex-campaign manager Manafort given another prison term

Trump's ex-campaign manager Manafort given another prison term

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman who was sentenced last week to almost four years in prison, was ordered on Wednesday to serve an additional three and a half years for conspiracy, closing out the special counsel's highest-profile prosecution.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to 73 months - just over six years - in prison for the conspiracy charges, but said 30 months of that would run concurrently with his previous sentence.

"I am sorry for what I have done and all the activities that have gotten us here today", Manafort said in a steady voice.

Reading from a three-page statement, Manafort asked for mercy and said the criminal charges against him had "taken everything from me already".

Moments after the second sentence was announced, Manhattan DA Cy Vance unveiled 16 charges against Manafort for state crimes related to mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records.

Story will be updated as new information can be verified.

Prosecutors with the special counsel's office said during a recent hearing that Manafort may have been motivated by the prospect of a pardon when he lied during interviews.

The political environment since Manafort's indictment has been "very harsh", attorney Kevin Downing told the judge.

Paul Manafort returns to court for another sentencing

But this time, Manafort made clear he was apologetic due to Ellis saying he was "surprised that I did not hear you express regret". He was sentenced last week to almost four years in prison by Judge T.S. Ellis of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. for crimes uncovered by Mueller, which included illegal lobbying on behalf of pro-Russia political forces in Ukraine, hiding the millions of dollars he made in overseas bank accounts, falsifying business records and lying to banks to keep the cash flowing then urging witnesses to lie on his behalf when he was caught.

"Please let my wife and I be together", he said, playing the age card; he is about to turn 70.

Mueller's investigation appears to be winding down, although no end date has been set for him to deliver a report on his investigation to the Justice Department and Attorney General William Barr. And Bertrand said of the protestors, "They're right, it's not what she said. He has served to undermine, not promote, American ideals", Weissmann added. She emphasized that his "criminal conduct in this case was not an isolated, single incident".

FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 15, 2018.

As to the political atmosphere, Jackson said she could not opine about the public perception or the broader Russian Federation imbroglio because it was not a subject of the matter at hand. "She needs me, and I need her".

After the hearing, Downing criticized Jackson's sentencing as he competed with shouting protesters. State charges are outside of the president's power to issue pardons.

Jackson ruled on Feb 13 that Manafort had breached his agreement in the Washington case to cooperate with Mueller's office by lying to prosecutors about three matters pertinent to the Russia probe including his interactions with a business partner they have said has ties to Russian intelligence.


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