Paul Manafort, Former Trump Campaign Chairman, Sentenced To Just Under 4 Years

Paul Manafort, Former Trump Campaign Chairman, Sentenced To Just Under 4 Years

Paul Manafort, Former Trump Campaign Chairman, Sentenced To Just Under 4 Years

The two-week trial at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., featured boxes of evidence and testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including Manafort's former right-hand man, Rick Gates.

They request a sentence "substantially below" the guideline's range of 19.5 to 24 years.

Manafort was asked if he had had the chance to read the pre-sentencing report and he said "I have, your honor".

After Manafort botched his cooperation agreement in the Washington case, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson may decide that Manafort should serve the sentences concurrently or consecutively - a decision that will come in Manafort's second hearing on March 13.

Manafort's ties to Kilimnik unspooled later in a related case against him in Washington, where Manafort pleaded guilty on September 14 to two conspiracy charges and promised to cooperate with prosecutors.

A Virginia-based jury found Manafort, 69, guilty on eight of those counts after a lengthy trial in August, setting the stage for a hefty prison term.

Speaking from his chair, Manafort did not apologize for his crimes, but thanked the judge for how he had conducted the trial. He did not express remorse for his actions but talked about how the case has been hard for him and his family.

"The question was asked yesterday about pardons, with respect to Paul Manafort, who - it's very sad what's happened to Paul, the way he's bring treated, I've never seen anybody treated so poorly - but the question was asked to me by the New York Post and I said no, I have not offered any pardons", said the president.

In arguing for a lighter sentence, Manafort's attorneys said the veteran Republican political consultant has been "devastated personally, professionally and financially".

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a federal judge for compassion as he awaits sentencing on tax and bank fraud charges. Even after his trial and guilty plea, Manafort's legal team had an unusual arrangement with Trump's legal team that gave Trump's team insight into the questions Mueller's team was pursuing.

"Manafort was the lead perpetrator and a direct beneficiary of each offense", the special counsel's office said in its sentencing memo.

President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is soon to be sentenced. Those proceedings revealed that prosecutors were highly interested in Manafort's 2016 interactions with an associate in his Ukraine dealings who has been linked to a Russian intel agency.

The verdict marked a dramatic fall for Manafort, a savvy political operative who advised USA presidents as well as foreign leaders.

Ellis presided over Manafort's trial and was preparing to hand down his punishment for bank and tax fraud. However, in the proceedings in D.C. over the breach of his plea deal, there have been hints at what in Manafort Mueller's team see as being at the "heart" of their probe.

Following the sentencing, Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, told reporters his client's conviction and sentencing had nothing to do with allegations of Russian collusion by the Trump campaign.

"It isn't a crime to have a lot of money and be profligate in your spending", Ellis told prosecutors.

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