Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump campaign ex-chief Manafort faces second sentencing

Trump campaign ex-chief Manafort faces second sentencing

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to an additional three and one-half years of prison, questioning his remorse and rebuking him for his crimes and years of lies.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance unveiled 16 state felony charges against Manafort, which could not be pardoned by Trump in the event of convictions as they are state-level rather than federal indictments.

On top of the 47 months term he received last week, Manafort could have faced an additional 10 year sentence on Wednesday in Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump election campaign and Russian Federation.

Manafort's sentence last week by US District Judge TS Ellis in Virginia, where he was convicted for financial crimes, was two decades below the upper limit of federal sentencing guidelines, prompting criticism among legal experts that it was too light.

The prosecutors say Manafort and Kilimnik met secretly during the US presidential campaign and that their encounter cuts "to the heart" of their investigation whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help him win. Both court cases were a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The latest sentencing arises from two conspiracy charges Manafort pleaded guilty to past year.

Paul Manafort will serve a total of about 7 and a half years in the prison, after being sentenced to an additional 3 and a half years for conspiracy. The Mueller indictment states that Manafort got the apartment for $2.85 million after transferring funds from a company in Cyprus, then falsely claimed it was a second home for his daughter and son-in-law, and used it as an Airbnb rental.

"I believe that is not reflective of someone who has learned a harsh lesson".

"His work was corrosive to faith in the political process, both in the United States and overseas", prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said.

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"It's not appropriate to say investigators haven't found anything when you lied to the investigators", she said.

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

"In my previous elocution, I told Judge Ellis that I was ashamed at my conduct that brought me into his court, and for that, I said I took responsibility", Manafort said. "For these mistakes, I am remorseful". "Judge Ellis showed little restraint in his comments as well as his action", said George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley.

The Mueller team had prosecuted Manafort in Washington and Virginia for his foreign consulting work on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party.

"Therefore it was not resolved in this case either", Jackson said.

Jackson, in contrast to Ellis, wasn't almost as sympathetic to Manafort.

One key figure in that scheme was Manafort's partner Konstantin Kilimnik, whom prosecutors have linked with Russia's intelligence services.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked about whether Trump will rule out a pardon for Mana for that "the president has made his position on that clear, and he'll make a decision when he is ready".

That money could have been used by the government to help pay for veterans' hospitals and other services, Jackson told Manafort, who was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair because of a condition called gout.

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