Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

The crimes stemmed from his time lobbying and consulting for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Prosecutors have looked to that second sentencing as a backstop to keep Manafort in prison, in case the judge in Virginia is extremely lenient.

Previously, Ellis agreed that prosecutors had brought a fair case against Manafort, but only after he lambasted the Mueller team for targeting Manafort as a way to "get" to President Donald Trump.

This is not Manafort's final court appearance.

Manafort, who turns 70 in April, faces potentially spending the rest of his life behind bars when he comes before Judge T.S. Ellis at on Thursday afternoon, United States time, in an Alexandria, Virginia, courtroom. Mueller is likely to save those conclusions for his final report on the Russian Federation investigation.

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

But it was his work for Viktor Yanukovych, who served as president of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014, when he fled to Russian Federation amid corruption allegations, which got Manafort in trouble. "That is not a basis for a lower sentence, but rather a more severe one".

"The Special Counsel's attempt to vilify Mr. Manafort as a lifelong and irredeemable felon is beyond the pale and grossly overstates the facts before this court", his lawyers wrote in their sentencing memo. They also discussed a peace plan to resolve cross-border hostilities after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Manafort's lawyers asked for a sentence lighter than the potential maximum of 24 years.

Manafort's wife was joined today by two friends.

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But the judge also rejected Manafort's attorneys claims that the lack of any such evidence undermined the case, saying he had considered that issue at the beginning of the case. Manafort, according to the filing, owes the government millions of dollars in taxes.

Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is awaiting sentencing for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Someone who is working in the country who has legitimate views on what's happening, they'll meet with them to glean their views", Carpenter said in an interview. "I ask you to be compassionate". Jackson's ruling could have an impact on the severity of his sentence in both cases.

Prosecutors said Manafort, 69, hid income earned from political work overseas from the IRS while fraudulently obtaining millions in bank loans.

Manafort, in addition to Trump's campaign, worked on the White House bids of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and Bob Dole.

In reality, they said, he was under Justice Department investigation before Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017. He described his life as "professionally and financially in shambles".

Manafort pleaded not guilty and his attorneys sought to pin the blame for wrongdoing on Manafort's former protege, Rick Gates, who cooperated with prosecutors by testifying against Manafort in exchange for leniency.

- Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 8, 2019FYI in 2018, #JudgeEllis sentenced Frederick Turner, 37, to a mandatory minimum of 40 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine: "I chafe a bit at that, but I follow the law".

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