Manafort sentenced to 3 more years in prison

Paul Manafort returns to court for another sentencing

Paul Manafort returns to court for another sentencing

On Wednesday's broadcast of MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports", Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that "Paul Manafort caught a break" in the overall sentence he received.

"It's hard to understand why an attorney would write that", she said.

The indictment comes the same day a federal judge sentenced Manafort to an additional three and a half years of prison on conspiracy charges related to his foreign lobbying work and witness tampering.

Appearing in a wheelchair and in a dark suit, his hair gray, Manafort addressed the court before his sentencing, telling the judge that he had time to reflect as he was in solitary confinement and that "my behavior in the future will be very different".

He told the federal court in Washington DC that he wanted to apologise for his actions.

Nonetheless, Manafort's lawyers maintained in court filings and public statements that there was "no collusion" between Manafort and Moscow - an approach that some political and legal commentators speculated may have been created to bolster Manafort's case for a pardon from Trump but which earned a strong rebuke from Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He has already been in jail for nine months for witness tampering.

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

Last week, he also received a almost four-year sentence in a separate case in Virginia for financial crimes. That affects what the judge called the "algebra" involved with determining prison sentences, she said.

In all, Manafort received two federal sentences that will total 90 months in prison, plus millions of dollars in restitution payments and a $50,000 fine. "He has served to undermine, not promote American ideals of honesty ... and playing by the rules", Weissmann said. He has not learned a harsh lesson. It is not a reflection of remorse. "It is evidence that something is wrong with sort of a moral compass, that someone in that position would choose to make that decision at that moment".

Defence lawyer Kevin Downing suggested Manafort was being unduly punished because of the "media frenzy" generated by the appointment of a special counsel.

When told about these new charges, Trump said, "I don't know anything about that, I haven't heard that".

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"I think it's excessive", he said of those guidelines. Those contacts went "very much to the heart of what the special counsel's office is investigating", prosecutor Andrew Weissman alleged at a February hearing before Jackson.

Manafort faces a maximum of 10 years in prison at his sentencing as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. She needs me. I need her.

"I have not even given it a thought", he added, when asked about a potential pardon. "Please let me and my wife be together".

Jackson told Manafort still is not being straight with the court which, she told him pointedly, is one of those places where facts still matter. With time served, Manafort is set to spend 81 months behind bars, or a little less than seven years.

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Kilimnik has denied having connections to Russian intelligence and is believed to be in Russia.

Those lies, she said, tainted any cooperation he may have genuinely offered. Jackson asked. "We don't know".

Ellis' sentence was relatively lenient, as Manafort could have been sentenced to around 20 years in prison.

Manafort pleaded guilty September 14 in the Washington case to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving obstruction of justice, money laundering, secret overseas bank accounts and false statements to the Justice Department. "He's lived an otherwise blameless life". Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone has pleaded not guilty. He has apparently been giving prosecutors a great deal of information about various investigations into Trump world and has not yet been sentenced.

Manafort can not receive a presidential pardon for state crimes.

At trial in Virginia in August, a jury found him guilty on eight counts and deadlocked on 10 others.

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