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Manafort gets more than 3 extra years of prison time

Manafort gets more than 3 extra years of prison time

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to an additional three and a half years of prison as she questioned his remorse and criticized him for his crimes and years of lies. He pleaded with the judge not to impose any additional prison time.

Judge Jackson also addressed the defense's arguments about Manafort and collusion.

"What's happening today is not and can not be a review or a revision of a sentence that was imposed by another court", the judge said. A number of people wrote letters to Jackson supporting Manafort including his wife, one of his daughters, his brother and others.

"It's hard to understand why an attorney would write that", she said. The prosecutor said Manafort took steps to hide his foreign lobbying work, laundered millions of dollars to fund a lavish lifestyle and then, while on house arrest, coached other witnesses to lie on his behalf.

Manafort said he has "reflected on his life", and is "upset" with himself for his "failures".

Manafort was convicted of bank and tax fraud in the Virginia case and pleaded guilty in Washington to two conspiracy counts, each punishable by up to five years in prison. He was indicted on conspiracy charges last summer. Mueller's prosecutors have so far not taken a position on what Manafort's sentence should be, although they are expected to weigh in during the Washington hearing on whether Manafort should serve his two sentences concurrently or consecutively. Jackson told Manafort that he had lied repeatedly and committed fraud repeatedly, and there was no good explanation for the leniency he sought. Manafort will receive credit for the nine months he's already served.

Manafort's attorneys nonetheless argued that he had shown contrition by admitting guilt and that he has been struggling against an unfair and incorrect portrayal of himself in the press.

Jackson also made clear that neither of Manafort's court proceedings in Virginia or D.C. touched on the subject of collusion, indirectly shooting down Trump's incorrect claim last week that Judge Ellis said "there was no collusion with Russian Federation".

"That results in a very harsh process for the defendant", Downing said.

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Manafort himself was less combative. "I ask you to think of this and our need for each other as you deliberate", Manafort said.

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

But this time, Manafort made clear he was apologetic due to Ellis saying he was "surprised that I did not hear you express regret".

"This case has taken everything from me already", he said. He pleaded with her to "please let my wife and I be together".

Jackson's sentence may mark the end of a two-year-old legal battle between Manafort, a veteran Republican political operative who worked for Trump's campaign for five months in 2016, and Mueller, who made exposing Manafort's covert lobbying for pro-Kremlin politicians in Ukraine a centerpiece of his Russian Federation probe.

Manafort, in a wheelchair and wearing a suit, chose to address the court.

Jackson has displayed a more even-handed stance, defence lawyers said.

"No one is beyond the law in New York", Vance said.

"What's happening today is not and can not be a review or revision of a sentence that was imposed in another court", she said.

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