Associated Press Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months

08 March, 2019, 04:11 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Paul Manafort faces less than four years in prison

On Thursday, a federal judge is scheduled to sentence Manafort for those crimes. The former Trump presidential campaign chairman was acquitted on 10 additional charges of foreign banking and bank fraud when the jury could not come to a consensus.

"Manafort suggests, for example, that but for the appointment of the Special Counsel's Office, he would not have been charged in connection with hiding more than $55 million overseas, failing to pay more than $6 million in taxes, and defrauding three financial institutions of more than $25 million dollars", prosecutors wrote.

Manafort faces sentencing in a separate case in Washington on 13 March on two conspiracy charges to which he pleaded guilty last September.

He's paying the price for USA crimes he committed while advising pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine and after that, when his cash dried up.

U.S. Judge T.S. Ellis told a court that Manafort "is not before the court for anything having to do with colluding with the Russian government".

While not apologizing for his actions, Manafort had asked Ellis for "compassion".

Prosecutors asked for a "substantial" prison term, but in handing down the sentence Ellis said the sentencing guidelines of up to 24 years were "excessive".

Prosecutors also argued that even though Manafort admitted his guilt in his plea agreement in D.C., he was found by the judge there to have violated that plea agreement.

After the conclusion by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson last month in Washington, D.C., that Manafort did, in fact, lie to investigators, Mueller's team argued his sentencing should be harsher and exclude any credit for cooperation.

"Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars", prosecutors wrote in a court filing.

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Previously, Ellis agreed that prosecutors had brought a fair case against Manafort, but only after he lambasted the Mueller team for targeting Manafort as a way to "get" to President Donald Trump.

Manafort's trial previous year documented his career as an global lobbyist whose profligate spending habits were part of the evidence showing he'd cheated the Internal Revenue Service out of $6 million by hiding $16 million in income.

Thursday's sentencing in Virginia is just one of two Manafort faces.

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

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.

"The last two years have been the most hard years for my family and I", Manafort said inside the Eastern District of Virginia courtroom.

Manafort will be sentenced again next week in a federal court in Washington.

Prosecutors disputed that, and in court filings said Manafort's business dealings were under investigation even before Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

Manafort, in addition to Trump's campaign, worked on the White House bids of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and Bob Dole.


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