Paul Manafort’s Sentence Extended to More Than Seven Years in Prison

Paul Manafort’s Sentence Extended to More Than Seven Years in Prison

Paul Manafort’s Sentence Extended to More Than Seven Years in Prison

US President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort, already facing 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud, was sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison Wednesday on conspiracy charges.

Manafort's court appearance came 17 months after the first indictment of Mueller's special counsel investigation brought him in to face a judge and five months after his help to Mueller's investigation fell apart.

Nonetheless, Manafort's lawyers maintained in court filings and public statements that there was "no collusion" between Manafort and Moscow - an approach that some political and legal commentators speculated may have been created to bolster Manafort's case for a pardon from Trump but which earned a strong rebuke from Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

At his second federal sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Manafort said he took responsibility for his crimes and that he was sorry.

"This case has taken everything from me already - my properties, my cash, my life insurance, trust accounts for my children and grandchildren, and even more", Manafort told Judge Jackson on Wednesday.

Jackson's term was for 73 months in connection with Manafort's guilty plea related to foreign lobbying and witness tampering.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

Manafort has asked for mercy given his age and fragile health, while arguing that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III prosecuted him in fruitless pursuit of evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.

He undermined the American political process by concealing from the public and Congress that he was working on behalf of Ukraine- and earning millions of dollars that he never reported to the IRS, she said.

Paul Manafort has been charged in a new criminal case not even an hour after learning his prison sentence for federal crimes.

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Manafort, 69, is due to spend six years and nine months behind bars when the sentence issued by US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson for crimes related to secret lobbying and witness tampering is combined with another sentence issued by a different judge in Virginia last Thursday. He pleaded with her to "please let my wife and I be together".

Mueller is also looking into whether Trump has attempted to obstruct the investigation. "It is not a reflection of remorse", Weissmann said. Trump only has the power to clear people of federal crimes, and would be unable to interfere with a prison sentence resulting from the state charges brought by the DA's office.

"Therefore it was not resolved in this case either", Jackson said.

"Court is one of those places where facts still matter", she said. "She needs me, and I need her".

Immediately following his sentencing in federal court, the Manhattan district attorney's office announced state fraud charges against him.

"But for a short stint as campaign manager in a presidential election, I don't think we'd be here today", Downing said.

A federal judge in Virginia sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison last week for a scheme to defraud banks and taxpayers out of millions of dollars.

Manafort is seated in a wheelchair at the defense table next to his lawyers.

Speaking to reporters after the sentencing, Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing said Jackson exhibited callousness that was "hostile and totally unnecessary".

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