Paul Manafort Sentenced to Almost Four Years in Prison

Paul Manafort Sentenced to Almost Four Years in Prison

Paul Manafort Sentenced to Almost Four Years in Prison

The judge in Paul Manafort's sentencing hearing said Thursday that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is not being sentenced to prison for anything related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Judge T.S. Ellis III imposed the sentence Thursday, capping the only jury trial following indictments stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Manafort, who opted not to testify during his trial, told the court that "to say I have been humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement". "My life is professionally and financially in shambles". Judge TS Ellis also asked him if he was satisfied with his counsel.

Manafort has also been charged in Washington with money laundering, witness tampering and other offences and faces separate sentencing in that case.

It was not related to Manafort's role in Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Among the things that will be decided is whether the D.C. and Virginia sentences will run consecutively or concurrently.

Manafort will be sentenced again next week in a federal court in Washington.

Manafort's decisions, Mueller's team said, "were his own and his efforts at misdirection are further proof that he has not accepted responsibility for his criminal conduct".

They said "it is Manafort's own criminal actions that have led to these consequences; it can not be blamed on the government or a jury's holding him responsible for his crimes".

A jury previous year convicted Manafort on eight counts, concluding that he hid from the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars he earned from his work in Ukraine.

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Last year, a jury in US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, convicted Manafort on eight felonies related to tax and bank fraud charges for hiding foreign income from his work in Ukraine from the US Inland Revenue Service and later inflating his income on bank loan applications.

At one court hearing, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said a meeting between the two men at a cigar bar in Manhattan on August 2, 2016, goes "very much to the heart" of Mueller's investigation, though he provided no details.

"Mr. Manafort's physical, mental, and emotional health, together with his age and his nearly nine-month stay in solitary confinement, weigh in favor of a sentence in this case that does not include a lengthy period of incarceration", they argued.

In the case in Virginia, Judge Ellis showed some antagonism towards Mueller's prosecutors.

Manafort appeared in court today in a wheelchair, dressed in a prison jumpsuit.

Jackson on February 13 ruled that Manafort had breached his agreement to cooperate with Mueller's office by lying to prosecutors about three matters pertinent to the Russia probe including his interactions with a business partner they have said has ties to Russian intelligence.

But Mueller's team said that even though Manafort agreed to cooperate with their investigation, he lied to them about the nature of his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence.

Trump has also dangled the possibility of pardons for some of those indicted - including Manafort, whom he has praised as a "good man" who has been treated unfairly.

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