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DC Judge Dismisses 'Plea for Leniency' While Imposing Manafort Sentence

15 March, 2019, 06:36 | Author: Taylor George
  • Paul Manafort returns to court for another sentencing

Trump has declined to say whether he plans to pardon Manafort for the federal convictions.

Paul Manafort was sentenced to serve what will be a total of seven and half years by federal judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington D.C. then hit with new charges by the Manhattan district attorney minutes later - which the president can not pardon. "I can assure you that I feel the pain from these reflections".

We didn't learn anything new today with respect to where the special counsel investigation is going, or what might be in the Mueller report someday, from what happened in the District of Columbia today, nor would I say we learned anything new from the unsealing of the charges in NY. Jackson also briefly revisited the long road - with many twists - that Manafort's case has taken over several hearings and more than 500 court filings.

"I don't see a double jeopardy problem", said Duncan Levin of Tucker Levin PLLC, a former federal prosecutor who also worked in the DA's office under Vance.

Manafort's illicit lobbying efforts in the U.S. largely involved the Ukrainian Opposition Bloc, the former Party of Regions and former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whose government jailed a political rival Manafort sought to smear in the US. Manafort and business associate Rick Gates were among the first of 34 people charged, and though the charges against Manafort weren't 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.

Instead, Jackson described a throughline of dishonesty and "dissembling" by Manafort over the course of his legal saga, including allegations he attempted to tamper with witnesses while on bail and false statements he gave in apparent breach of his September plea agreement.

"The "no collusion" refrain", she said, "is unrelated to the matter at hand". 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. In Washington, he was accused of failing to disclose his past lobbying work for Ukraine as required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act and skirting taxes on that lucrative line of business. Judge Amy Berman Jackson added 43 months to the 47-month sentence the former Trump campaign chairman was given last week in federal court in Alexandria, Va. ...

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There are speculations that Trump could pardon Manafort for remaining loyal and not providing any evidence damaging to the president during the two-year Mueller investigation.

"Please let my wife and I be together", Manafort said.

"The no-collusion mantra is simply a non sequitur", she said, suggesting that those arguments were meant for an audience outside the courtroom - presumably the president.

Manafort's criminal prosecution has led to several related criminal cases and investigations and a multimillion dollar Justice Department settlement with a USA law firm for illegal lobbying for Ukraine.

Jackson on Wednesday dismissed the notion that Manafort's failure to register under FARA was merely a violation of a "pesky regulation". "He has served to undermine, not promote, American ideals", Weissmann said.

"When people don't have the facts, democracy can't work", she said. 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.



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