Federal Judge Adds 43 Months to Paul Manafort's Prison Term

Nov. 6 2017 Paul Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. Russian state television stations have jumped at what they perceive as a relativel

Paul Manafort returns to court for another sentencing

The new charges were announced by Vance just minutes after Manafort received a second prison sentence in Washington DC for his convictions on federal charges stemming from Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation.

Shortly after his sentencing, the Manhattan D.A. hit Manafort with a 16 count felony indictment, the NYT reports: "Paul J. Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, has been charged in NY with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said Wednesday, an effort to ensure he will still face prison time if Mr. Trump pardons him for his federal crimes". Shortly before the NY announcement, Manafort, 69, was ordered to serve an additional 43 months on federal conspiracy charges, bringing his total sentence between two federal courts to 7.5 years in twin cases stemming from the Mueller probe. He faces up to 10 additional years in prison when he is sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump election campaign and Russian Federation.

Jackson could have given Manafort up to 10 years in prison in the Washington case - five for each of the two conspiracy counts. Mueller's prosecutors on Tuesday night updated a judge on the status of cooperation provided by one defendant, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and are expected to do the same later in the week for another.

Jackson slammed Manafort for his crimes, which stemmed back years to when he lobbied and consulted for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

Jackson added that prior to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel, the Justice Department was looking into the crimes.

Manafort, who suffers from gout, arrived in the courtroom Wednesday in a wheelchair, wearing a suit and tie.

"I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today", Manafort told Jackson on Wednesday. "The person that I am and have been described in public is not someone I recognize". "Please let my wife and I be together", Manafort asked Jackson, The Atlantic reported. "While I cannot change the past, I can work to change the future". "If nothing else, the suffering of my family will be a major deterrent".

At the same time, he said he hoped Manafort would use his time behind bars to reflect on his behavior.

Manafort told the judge he is soon turning 70 and is sole caregiver to his 66-year-old wife.

Paul Manafort returns to court for another sentencing

"This case has taken everything from me already", he said. My properties, my cash, my life insurance... Please do not take us away from each other for any longer than the 47 months imposed last week...

He pleaded: "I ask for compassion in your sentencing. I promise that if you do, you will not regret it".

Trump has not ruled out a presidential pardon for Manafort, and after last week's sentencing said "I feel very badly" for his former aide.

"I believe that is not reflective of someone who has learned a harsh lesson". "But for a short stint as a campaign manager, I don't think we'd be here today".

Manafort, 69, had not showed any remorse at his sentencing in his other case last Thursday.

Jackson sent Manafort to jail in the run-up to his trail after he was charged with two charges of witness tampering while out on bail. Mueller's team alleged that Manafort and his former business partner Konstantin Kilimnik reached out to two potential witnesses oversees to have them conform their testimony to a false set of facts.

Both cases stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian election meddling in the 2016 United States elections.

He was sentenced in a separate case in Virginia last week to 47 months in prison.

Jackson said the punishment Manafort was given in Virginia federal court last week has no bearing on what she will decide; any term Jackson imposes could overlap with or be served in addition to the almost four years Manafort received last week in federal court in Alexandria on related tax and bank fraud convictions at trial. That means the combined sentence will be six years and nine months. On Wednesday, she indicated that she would give Manafort some credit for accepting responsibility for his crimes by virtue of having pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy last September.

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