Paul Manafort to be sentenced in Va. court

Paul Manafort to be sentenced in Va. court

Paul Manafort to be sentenced in Va. court

Paul Manafort was convicted by a Virginia jury in August of five counts of filing false income tax returns, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to report a foreign bank account.

Manafort was convicted after prosecutors accused him of hiding from the USA government millions of dollars he earned as a consultant for Ukraine's former pro-Russia government.

In their sentencing memo last month, Mueller's office recommended a term of 19.5 years to 24.5 years in prison for the "millions of dollars involved in the defendant's crimes, the duration of his criminal conduct, or the sophistication of his schemes".

Judge T.S. Ellis III has himself said repeatedly Manafort was only charged because he might be able to offer information on Trump.

Judge Ellis also said Manafort was "not before the court for any allegations that he, or anyone at his direction, colluded with the Russian Government to influence the 2016 election".

Manafort still faces sentencing in the District of Columbia, where he pleaded guilty in a separate case connected to illegal lobbying.

Manafort's choices leave the 69-year-old with the very real possibility he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Prosecutors said Manafort's conduct was egregious, but Ellis ultimately agreed more with defense attorneys.

He also talked about how the case has been hard for himself and his family. He said that "saying I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement". "My life is professionally and financially in shambles".

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An activist holds a picture of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during a protest outside the Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse prior to the first day of Manafort's trial, in Alexandria, Virginia, on July 31, 2018. It was a far cry from Manafort's usual dapper appearance and stylish garb.

US Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller is thought to be finishing up his 22-month investigation, which has dogged the Trump presidency. The sentencing in that case is scheduled for Wednesday.

"Thank you for a fair trial". But that agreement collapsed after Manafort was found to have lied to Mueller's team.

The verdict marked a dramatic fall for Manafort, a savvy political operative who advised US presidents as well as foreign leaders.

Ex-Trump aide Cohen was recently sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes that include tax fraud and hush-money payments to two women Trump allegedly had affairs with in violation of campaign finance laws, as well as lying to the Congress.

Manafort was convicted in August of eight financial crimes in the Virginia case.

In court papers, defense lawyers say Manafort is suffering from gout and poor health.

Mueller's charges led to the stunning downfall of Manafort, a prominent figure in Republican Party circles for decades who also worked as a consultant to such worldwide figures as former Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Yanukovych.

Manafort was also present at a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign staff and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer promising "dirt" on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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