Paul Manafort charged by NY prosecutors with 16 further crimes

This courtroom sketch depicts former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in September 2018. She is scheduled to sentence Manafort on Wednesday

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.

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, was sentenced to an additional 3 1/2 additional years in prison on Wednesday. If convicted for crimes in Manhattan, the President would have no power to issue a pardon. But Manafort admitted guilt on all charges in his Washington plea.

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 73 months in prison for two conspiracy charges arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said 30 of the months would run concurrently with Manafort's sentence last week in a separate case.

On Sept. 14, on the eve of jury selection for his trial in Washington, Manafort pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the Mueller team. He was previously thought to be a key witness for Mueller as he investigates allegations of collusion between the campaign and the Russian government. "Let me be very clear: I accept responsibility for the acts that have brought us here today".

The Manafort case is part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Kathleen Manafort attended her husband's hearing on Wednesday.

"I will be 70 years old in a few weeks".

The breadth of Manafort's criminal activity - and his own written agreement with prosecutors - led to a recommended sentence double that amount. Manafort apologized for his actions and asked for leniency during a sentencing hearing.

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"Court is one of those places where facts still matter", she said.

Manafort misled prosecutors about interactions with Kilimnik, particularly an August 2016 meeting in New York City at the height of the campaign, Jackson found.

"He engaged in crime, again and again".

"He has not learned a harsh lesson", Weissmann said. "Everybody's going nuts over this". The prosecutor said Manafort took steps to hide his foreign lobbying work, laundered millions of dollars to fund a lavish lifestyle and then, while under house arrest, coached other witnesses to lie on his behalf.

Manafort's admitted crimes span several years but do not touch on his work as Trump's campaign chairman. He also admitted to deceiving accountants, a bookkeeper and banks.

He admitted that he had concealed from authorities the work he was doing for political clients in Ukraine and that he had schemed with a partner to try to persuade potential jurors to lie about it. Yanukovych now lives in exile in Russian Federation.

At the same time, he said he hoped Manafort would use his time behind bars to reflect on his behavior. Please do not take us away from each other.

Judge Jackson blasted Manafort's "contempt" for the law and "his belief he had the right to manipulate these proceedings". That added up to 7.5 years in prison. They have also said the case does not prove that the campaign worked with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election.

Federal sentencing guidelines called for Manafort to be given between 19 and a half and 24 years in prison for hiding millions of dollars from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by using undisclosed foreign bank accounts.

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