Manafort given more than 3.5 years of extra prison time

14 March, 2019, 07:02 | Author: Rachel Logan
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With time served, Manafort is set to spend 81 months behind bars, or a little less than seven years. He pleaded with the judge not to impose any additional prison time.

Judge Jackson blasted Manafort's "contempt" for the law and "his belief he had the right to manipulate these proceedings".

Vance's charges are at the state level, and allege that Manafort committed residential mortgage fraud, attempted residential mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsification of business records.

Manafort's primary defense attorney Kevin Downing was not aware of the new Manhattan charges as he exited the federal court in Washington, DC, after the sentencing Wednesday.

Just after the sentence was delivered, news broke that Manafort was indicted in NY on state charges, seen as a strategy for preventing a potential presidential pardon.

Jackson has the ability to stack her sentence for Manafort on top of the other judge's, meaning he still could face more than four years in prison.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, departs an arraignment hearing in Alexandria, Va., on March 8, 2018.

The latest charges relate to loans Manafort received on a Howard St. condo in SoHo that was allegedly used to launder money.

"What's happening today is not and can not be a review or a revision of a sentence that was imposed by another court", the judge said.

Manafort is one of the 34 people and three companies charged by Mueller.

"The no-collusion mantra is simply a non sequitur", she said, suggesting that those arguments were meant for an audience outside the courtroom - presumably the president.

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Manafort also pleaded guilty in September to two charges of conspiracy against the USA and witness tampering as part of a cooperation agreement. "More suits than one man can wear", Jackson said, referring to Manafort's previous luxuries. That affects what the judge called the "algebra" involved with determining prison sentences, she said.

Manafort pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy last year, which each carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The pair of prison sentences marks the end of Manafort's abrupt transformation from a globe-trotting political operative with mansions and lavish clothing to a frail-looking, wheelchair-bound, gray-haired inmate who, in his own words, had been "humiliated" by his changed circumstances.

Hopefully, however, this posting will satisfy regulars who feel we have given short shrift to Manafort's plight. He was indicted on conspiracy charges last summer.

After the hearing, Downing criticized Jackson's sentencing as "callous", "hostile" and "totally unnecessary" as he was shouted down by protesters. He has already served nine months of the sentence.

"I pledge to do all I can to accelerate the healing process", he said.

He also said that he was not considering a pardon for his former campaign chief.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday got asked about a Trump pardon for his former chamaign chair; she dodged the question, saying Trump would decide whether to pardon Manafort "when he is ready".

Manafort himself was less combative.

"I want to say to you now that I am sorry for what I have done", Manafort said."While I cannot undo the past, I can assure that the future will be very different".


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