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Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asks for mercy at his sentencing

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asks for mercy at his sentencing”

Manafort was in federal court Thursday to be sentenced for defrauding banks and the government and failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars in income he earned from Ukrainian political consulting - charges that stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The cable network displayed a picture of the late Chief Judge Edward Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia over the name of federal Judge T.S. Ellis III, according to the Law and Crime website.

He asked the judge "for compassion", adding, "I know it is my conduct that has brought me here". "My life - personally and professionally - is in shambles".

In a filing with the judge, they said Manafort is "truly remorseful" and is in poor health after spending the past nine months in prison. Manafort has been in custody since his bail was revoked in June 2018 and still faces separate sentencing in yet another case in D.C. next week.

As a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion, investigators discovered that Manafort failed to report $16.5 million in income for political consulting work on behalf of Ukraine.

Manafort was found guilty on two counts of bank fraud, five counts of tax fraud and one count of failing to declare a foreign bank account. In the months leading up to and during his stint on Trump's campaign, which he worked on for free, he then turned to misleading banks to fill his coffers, the prosecutors alleged.

Prosecutors say that Manafort, 69, deserves between 19 and 25 years in prison as well as millions of dollars in fines and restitution for the crimes, for which a jury convicted him after a three-week trial last summer.

FILE - In this December 11, 2017, file photo, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington.

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"Mr. Manafort's physical, mental, and emotional health, together with his age and his nearly nine-month stay in solitary confinement, weigh in favor of a sentence in this case that does not include a lengthy period of incarceration", they argued. Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign deputy Richard Gates are awaiting their sentences, while Trump associate Roger Stone is awaiting trial.

The trial highlighted that Manafort pushed unsuccessfully for an executive at one of those banks get position in President Trump's Cabinet.

President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is soon to be sentenced. They do not directly address Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Manafort's team accused Mueller of attempting to "vilify Mr. Manafort as a lifelong and irredeemable felon", saying investigators' actions were "beyond the pale" and "grossly" overstated the facts of the case.

Manafort also still faces sentencing in the District of Columbia in a separate case related to illegal lobbying.

Mueller's charges led to the stunning downfall of Manafort, a prominent figure in Republican Party circles for decades who also worked as a consultant to such worldwide figures as former Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Yanukovych.

Months of investigations, court appearances, and guilty pleas has led to the day Paul Manafort will be sentenced in a Virginia court for a number of crimes stemming from his work as a lobbyist and consultant.

In the case in Virginia, Judge Ellis showed some antagonism towards Mueller's prosecutors.

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