Manafort Returning to Federal Court for Another Sentencing

Manafort Returning to Federal Court for Another Sentencing”

Manafort has been jailed since last June, when Berman Jackson revoked his house arrest over allegations that he and Kilimnik sought to influence witnesses by trying to get them to testify in a certain way. "He served to undermine, not promote, American ideals of honesty, transparency, and playing by the rules".

Manafort told the judge he is soon turning 70 and is sole caregiver to his 66-year-old wife. Ellis said he opted to go significantly below those guidelines to avoid disparities between Manafort and others who were sentenced to only months in prison for similar crimes.

The hearing may offer a window into allegations that aren't part of the criminal cases against him but have nonetheless surfaced in recent court filings - that Manafort shared Trump campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate the USA says has ties to Russian intelligence, and that the two men met secretly during the campaign in an encounter that prosecutors say cuts "to the heart" of their investigation.

"I think she views him as someone who acted badly during the course of the case". The amount Ellis sentenced him for sparked outrage among attorneys and Democrats last week, who believed Manafort deserved more time.

In all, Manafort can not be sentenced for more than 10 years total for the two crimes Jackson will assess on Wednesday.

His attempts to cover up his crimes by asking witnesses to lie for him, Weissmann said, "is not reflective of somebody who has learned a harsh lesson". He was found guilty on five tax fraud charges, two counts of bank fraud, and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts.

"He has been sentenced for each of the individual offenses that he was convicted in the Eastern District of Virginia", Jackson said.

Kevin Downing, Manafort's attorney, on Wednesday asked Jackson to factor in the press coverage of his client's case, saying the surrounding "media frenzy" resulted in "a very harsh process" for Manafort.

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

"The defendant is not public enemy number one", she said.

While not explicitly tied to Russian election meddling, the Ukraine work first raised public suspicions about Manafort's Russia ties as it connected him to oligarchs aligned with the Kremlin. "He's lived an otherwise blameless life".

At Wednesday's hearing, Andrew Weissmann, a member of Mueller's team, argued that Manafort "engaged in crime again and again", and dismissed the idea that his failure to register as a foreign agent was more than merely failing to file paperwork. "I promise you if you do, you will not regret it".

Since Manafort's federal indictment in 2017, legal observers and political pundits have widely speculated about whether Trump would consider a pardon for Manafort - and whether Manafort has hoped to put himself in the president's good graces by deliberately working to obfuscate Mueller's investigation. 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 2016 election. In February 2018, around the same time Gates flipped, Mueller brought a separate bank fraud and tax fraud case in Virginia - where a jury later convicted him on eight of the 18 counts.

This is a breaking news and developing story.

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