Manafort sentenced to 3 more years in prison

14 March, 2019, 07:05 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Paul Manafort returns to court for another sentencing

But a conviction and sentence on the new charges in NY, for mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy, could bring up to 25 more years in prison and would be outside the realm of a presidential pardon.

Zoe Tillman, a legal reporter for BuzzFeed, tweeted that Manafort faced a "when it rains, it pours" scenario on Wednesday when-on top of Jackson's sentence-Vance announced that "a grand jury indicted Manafort on new charges related to a residential mortgage fraud scheme".

While the case was brought by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, Manafort's convictions stem from his earlier work in Ukraine. The state charges appear at least partly created to guard against the possibility that he could be pardoned by President Donald Trump and freed early on his federal convictions.

Manafort and business associate Rick Gates were among the first of 34 people charged, and though the charges against Manafort were not tied to his work on the Trump campaign, his foreign entanglements have made him a subject of intrigue to prosecutors assessing whether the campaign colluded with Russian Federation to sway the outcome of the election.

Both cases stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian election meddling in the 2016 USA elections.

Trump has defended Manafort amid his ongoing federal trials, telling reports his former campaign manager "has nothing to do with our campaign, but I will tell you I feel a little badly about it". 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.

Manafort, a lifelong political operator whose clients have included dictators Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko, said he has learned his lesson.

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

"It's hard to understand why an attorney would write that", she said.

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"The no-collusion mantra is simply a non sequitur", she said, suggesting that those arguments were meant for an audience outside the courtroom - presumably a reference to the president, who has expressed sympathy for Manafort and not ruled out a pardon.

"I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today", he told the judge. This case has taken everything from me. "Please let my wife and I be together", Manafort asked Jackson, The Atlantic reported.

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

Manafort, 69, was convicted in August by a jury in Virginia federal court of eight of 18 charges having to do with his political consulting business and work he did on behalf of a pro-Russia government in Ukraine.

Manafort's attorneys have said in court filings, and repeated after his Virginia sentencing, that he was never accused of collusion or any Russia-related crimes. Others who have pleaded guilty include former campaign aides Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, former US national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Jackson indicated she thought Manafort's plea was an appeal to President Donald Trump for a pardon, something the president has not ruled out.

An important question for Jackson, she said, was whether Manafort had been an "organizer or leader" of the offenses.

One heckler called Downing a liar, repeatedly shouting "that's not what she said!" in reference to the judge.

Paul Manafort has been charged in a new criminal case not even an hour after learning his prison sentence for federal crimes.



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