Paul Manafort, Former Trump Campaign Chairman, Sentenced To Just Under 4 Years

Paul Manafort to be sentenced in Va. court

Because Manafort was convicted in a federal court, he will be forced to serve nearly all of that four-year sentence, unless he is pardoned by President Trump.

The charges against Manafort were not connected to his role in the Trump campaign, which he headed for two months in 2016, but were related to lucrative consulting work he did for Ukrainian politicians from 2004 to 2014. Prosecutors have looked to that second sentencing as a backstop to keep Manafort in prison, in case the judge in Virginia is extremely lenient.

"Manafort chose repeatedly and knowingly to violate the law - whether the laws proscribed garden-variety crimes such as tax fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and bank fraud, or more esoteric laws that he nevertheless was intimately familiar with, such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)", Mueller's memo read.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis could effectively deliver a life sentence to Manafort, 69, if he follows federal sentencing guidelines cited by prosecutors that call for 19-1/2 to 24 years in prison for the eight charges the veteran Republican political consultant was convicted of by a jury in Alexandria last August. Judge Ellis said Manafort would no get credit for cooperation or acceptance of responsibility before taking a brief recess.

Prosecutors add that Manafort was not forthcoming with earlier investigators.

Manafort said he hoped to turn things around "through the power of prayer and God's guiding hand" before asking the judge for compassion. The Judge sentenced Manafort to a total of 47 months in prison.

Paul Manafort to be sentenced in Va. court

Prosecutors alleged that Mr Manafort used offshore bank accounts in Cyprus to hide more than $55 million from Ukrainian politicians from the tax authorities.

Manafort was convicted after prosecutors accused him of hiding from the USA government millions of dollars he earned as a consultant for Ukraine's former pro-Russia government. Still, prosecutors sprinkled tantalizing clues in court filings about Manafort's interactions with an associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, linked by Mueller to a Russian intelligence service.

Paul Manafort pictured in June previous year arriving for a court hearing in Washington DC.

President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen is to begin serving a three-year prison sentence on 6 May for fraud, tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions and lying to Congress.

The charges stem from an inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win the 2016 election. He also suffers from severe anxiety, panic attacks and a constant feeling of claustrophobia, they say. Manafort's lawyers sought a sentence significantly below the guidelines, based on a number of factors. If not, Waxman said, then today's verdict is "definitely a victory for Paul Manafort and for President Trump".

"Given the investigation's focus on President Trump's campaign, even a blind person can see that the true target of the special counsel's investigation is President Trump, not defendant, and that defendant's prosecution is part of that larger plan", Ellis wrote in a June 2018 opinion that ultimately allowed Mueller to proceed with the case.

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