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Manafort Sentenced to Additional 43 Months, Bringing Total Prison Time to 7.5 Years

Manafort Sentenced to Additional 43 Months, Bringing Total Prison Time to 7.5 YearsPaul Manafort on Wednesday was sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison by a Washington, D.C. federal court in connection with the undisclosed lobbying work he did on behalf of a Ukrainian political party, just days after receiving a 47-month sentence in a separate case in Virginia.In delivering the sentence, Judge Amy Berman Jackson stipulated that, while the charges against Manafort did result from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, his guilt does not constitute evidence of collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.“The question of whether there was any collusion with Russia . . . was not presented in this case, period, therefore it was not resolved by this case,” said Jackson.Jackson went on to refute the claim that Manafort was a victim who was cynically taken advantage of by politically motivated prosecutors, as has been alleged by many Trump allies.“The defendant isn't Public Enemy No. 1. But he's not a victim either,” she said, adding that it is “hard to overstate the number of lies, the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved.”Manafort, who was sentenced in Virginia last week on bank- and tax-fraud charges, apologized for his actions and asked Jackson for leniency so he could care for his wife in their old age.“I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today,” he said. “I stand here today to assure the court that I am a different person [from the one] who stood before you in October of 2017.”“I know it was my conduct that brought me here today. For these mistakes, I am remorseful. I will be 70 years old in a few weeks,” he continued. “My wife is 66. She needs me. I need her. I ask you to think of this and our need for each other. Please do not take us away from each other. Please let me and my wife be together.”Immediately following his sentencing in federal court, the Manhattan district attorney's office announced state fraud charges against him.



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U.S. federal judge elongates Paul Manafort's total prison time to 7.5 years

U.S. federal judge elongates Paul Manafort's total prison time to 7.5 yearsA federal judge on Wednesday sentenced President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 73 months in prison for two conspiracy charges.



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Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, just sentenced to federal prison, faces new charges in N.Y. indictment

Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, just sentenced to federal prison, faces new charges in N.Y. indictmentState prosecutors in New York revealed new fraud and conspiracy charges Wednesday against Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.



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Manafort sentencing: Trump's former campaign manager gets 73 months in prison over fraud case

Manafort sentencing: Trump's former campaign manager gets 73 months in prison over fraud caseDonald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 73 months on two charges, including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice after he attempted to tamper with witnesses. Manafort’s total sentence in the two hearings he has faced in recent weeks amounts to 90 months — or seven years and six months — in prison. Manafort asked Judge Amy Berman Jackson for mercy on Wednesday, saying the criminal charges against him have “taken everything from me already.” He pleaded with the judge not to impose any additional prison time beyond the roughly four-year sentence he received in a separate case last week.



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Trump says 'I feel very badly' after Paul Manafort was sentenced to more prison time

Trump says 'I feel very badly' after Paul Manafort was sentenced to more prison timeThe president described it as a "very sad situation."



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Trump ex-aide Manafort hit with 3-1/2 more years in prison, new charges

Trump ex-aide Manafort hit with 3-1/2 more years in prison, new chargesManafort, 69, is due to spend a total of 7-1/2 years behind bars when the sentence by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson for crimes related to secret lobbying and witness tampering is combined with another of just under four years issued by a different judge in Virginia last Thursday. The veteran Republican operative has received the longest prison term yet in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.



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'Humiliated and ashamed': Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

'Humiliated and ashamed': Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, sentenced to nearly 4 years in prisonPaul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, must pay more than $ 24 million in fines and restitution. He faces more prison time next week.



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Democrats Blast Manafort’s Light Prison Sentence

Democrats Blast Manafort’s Light Prison SentenceDemocratic lawmakers on Friday harshly criticized the lighter-than-expected prison sentence handed down to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III Thursday night.Federal sentencing guidelines recommended that Manafort serve between 19 and 24 years behind bars after being convicted on eight felony counts, including tax and bank fraud. Ellis sentenced him to 47 months, calling the guidelines "excessive.""The prosecution was well deserved in trying to seek a longer term. Obviously, the judge demonstrated some hostility before now to Robert Mueller," said Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. "This sentence, in my view, failed to do justice to the very serious crimes that Manafort has committed, as well as his utter disrespect for the law."Manafort, 69, also pled guilty in a separate Washington, D.C. trial in September to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice after he attempted to tamper with witnesses. The plea was part of a deal with prosecutors that hinged on Manafort's cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, but last month Judge Amy Berman Jackson voided the deal after Mueller's team contended that Manafort had violated it by lying to investigators. He now faces up to ten years in prison in the case.Prosecutors have devoted special scrutiny to Manafort's contacts with Russians and Ukrainians before the campaign. Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign after about five months when those contacts came to light in August, 2016.Representative Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, accused Manafort's lawyer of angling for a presidential pardon by noting after the sentencing that Manafort had not been found guilty of collusion."The statement by Paul Manafort's lawyer after an already lenient sentence — repeating the President's mantra of no collusion — was no accident. It was a deliberate appeal for a pardon," Schiff wrote on Twitter.Freshman House democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Veronica Escobar of Texas also excoriated the judge's decision."Paul Manafort getting such little jail time for such serious crimes lays out for the world how it's almost impossible for rich people to go to jail for the same amount of time as someone who is lower income," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. "In our current broken system, 'justice' isn't blind. It's bought.""White collar criminals who betray their country can obviously get preferential treatment in Judge Ellis's courtroom. Disgraceful," Escobar tweeted.



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U.S. judge gives Trump ex-aide Manafort leniency: under four years in prison

U.S. judge gives Trump ex-aide Manafort leniency: under four years in prisonU.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis imposed the surprisingly lenient 47-month sentence on Manafort, 69, during a hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, in which the veteran Republican political consultant asked for mercy but expressed no remorse for his actions. Manafort was convicted by a jury last August of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. Ellis disregarded federal sentencing guidelines cited by prosecutors that called for 19-1/2 to 24 years in prison.



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U.S. judge sentences Trump ex-aide Manafort to nearly 4 years in prison

U.S. judge sentences Trump ex-aide Manafort to nearly 4 years in prisonManafort was sentenced Thursday to 47 months in prison for financial crimes uncovered during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.



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