Paul Manafort Sentenced to Another 43 Months in Prison

Paul Manafort Sentenced to Another 43 Months in Prison

Prosecutors with the Manhattan district attorney's office announced state fraud charges Wednesday against Paul Manafort.

Manafort, who has a condition called gout, entered Jackson's courtroom in a wheelchair. This case has taken everything from me already.

Before the ruling, Manafort said he was "sorry" and pleaded with Judge Amy Berman Jackson to think of his family as she considers what sentence to hand him for his tax and bank fraud charges, and foreign lobbying violations.

A federal judge on Wednesday (March 13) sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to an additional three and one-half years of prison, questioning his remorse and rebuking him for his crimes and years of lies.

Manafort's sentence stemmed from his guilty plea for lobbying on behalf of a pro-Russian Ukrainian political figure without declaring the work, making it a key part of Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Instead of turning up any evidence of "collusion" with the Kremlin, however, the prosecutors charged him with financial crimes connected to his lobbying work in Ukraine, entirely unrelated to the 2016 election.

It also comes as expectations grow that Mueller will soon wrap up his 22-month-old investigation by submitting a final report on his findings to Attorney General William Barr.

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Jackson said at the outset of the sentencing hearing that she would not be influenced by last Thursday's sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis in Alexandria, Virginia, where Manafort was convicted in August 2018 by a jury for bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

Prosecutors questioned whether Manafort was capable of such change, depicting him as a a mastermind of a conspiracy in which he was paid $50 million over more than a decade by a Russian-backed politician and party in Ukraine, and Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch close to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The potential maximum penalty in the case was 10 years, although the judge said sentencing guidelines in the case contemplated more time given the amount of money involved with the conspiracy that Manafort admitted. "Let me be very clear: I accept responsibility for the acts that have brought us here today".

Manafort said he has "reflected on his life", and is "upset" with himself for his "failures".

None of Manafort's charges, however, relates to allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

"He has not learned a harsh lesson", Weissmann said. He later added, "That should be your true regret, and you should have remorse for that". Mueller's prosecutors on Tuesday night updated a judge on the status of cooperation provided by one defendant, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and are expected to do the same later in the week for Gates. Downing's statement was the first time that detail was made public.

He agreed to cooperate with the investigation and has yet to be sentenced.

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