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 Manafort has been in custody since his bail was revoked in June 2018 and still faces separate sentencing in yet another case in D.C. next week.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.

Image zoom
Image zoom

"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.

More news: Ash Wednesday: Drive-thru church service offers ashes on the go

Like this



09 November 2020
USA Payday Loans - How to Apply Online
Paying for everyday expenses like rent, food, and utility bills in between paychecks Watch out for Payday loan interest rates . From time to time everybody may come across urgent financial problems which are hard to cover without taking out a loan.

30 August 2019
The FIBA Basketball World Cup Is Starting, Can Someone Stop Team USA?
The two Balkan sides have a bunch of NBA stars in their ranks, as well as players from the top European basketball leagues. The teams will then have the chance to rest for 2 days, before returning for the second group stage on September 7 th .

08 March 2019
NASA Will Host the First All-Female Spacewalk in History This Month
NASA astronaut Anne McClain tries on her spacesuit along with a little Earth plushie that arrived on the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Apart from her, Sally Ride was the first American woman who flew in 1983 with the Challenger space shuttle.

08 March 2019
Google Chrome Update Patches Zero-Day Actively Exploited in the Wild
The security vulnerability was discovered by Clement Lecigne of Google's Threat Analysis Group, who reported it in late February. Then you wait for the browser to access what it thinks are still valid pointers from the memory block, and jump to them.

07 March 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Opening Dates Announced
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort will officially open on August 29th, 2019 . Now the bad feeling about this - not all of the rides will be finished on opening day.

07 March 2019
Child of Anti-Vaxxer Speaks to Congress After Receiving Immunizations
Isakson said, "I'd love to have Thanksgiving dinner at your house". "You may or may not know I am a physician", Cassidy said. He was soon invited to appear before a panel of senators, several of whom praised his persistence in seeking out the truth.

07 March 2019
Kraft ordered to appear in FL court on solicitation charges
Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was videotaped engaging in sex acts before paying with a $100 bill and another bill, police said. Ten spas have been closed and several people, mostly women originally from China, have been charged with running the operation.

07 March 2019
Giallorossi sack Eusebio Di Francesco
Claudio Ranieri is poised to make a swift return to management with Roma after they sacked under-fire Eusebio Di Francesco on Thursday.

07 March 2019
SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks with ISS
Boeing aims to conduct the first test flight of its Starliner capsule in April, with astronauts on board possibly in August. At Saturday's post-launch news conference, Musk said he'd be happy to fly on the revamped Dragon.

07 March 2019
Three Claire's products found to contain asbestos, according to FDA
It said the FDA's test results had "significant errors " and "mischaracterised fibres in the products as asbestos". That removes part of the reason for the FDA's Tuesday afternoon Safety Alert about the products.