Moments after the sentence was handed down, the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced a fresh indictment of Manafort on state charges including mortgage fraud, putting the ailing 69-year-old lobbyist who served as Trump's campaign chairman for three months during the tumultuous 2016 election in further legal jeopardy.
Whatever Jackson's ruling, the possibility of a presidential pardon - a prospect Trump has not ruled out - will likely continue to hang over the Manafort situation, lawyers said. "This case has taken everything from me already - my properties, my cash, my life insurance, my trust accounts for my children and my grandchildren, and more".
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says she's received many letters in support of Manafort.
A wheelchair-bound former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort learned Wednesday he will serve almost seven years in prison after a federal judge almost doubled the term handed down by another jurist in a separate case just last week.
The sentence is on top of the roughly four-year prison sentence Manafort received last week in a separate criminal case in Virginia.
Manafort has asked for mercy given his age and fragile health, while arguing that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III prosecuted him in fruitless pursuit of evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.
Jackson also made clear that neither of Manafort's court proceedings in Virginia or D.C. touched on the subject of collusion, indirectly shooting down Trump's incorrect claim last week that Judge Ellis said "there was no collusion with Russian Federation".
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Manafort said in court he's "sorry for what I have done". 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 Gates.
Manafort, a lifelong political operator whose clients have included dictators Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko, said he has learned his lesson.
An important question for Jackson, she said, was whether Manafort had been an "organizer or leader" of the offenses. "I promise you if you do, you will not regret it".
Both cases stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian election meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.
Shanlon Wu, a Washington criminal defence attorney, said Jackson would have to weigh the fact that Manafort admitted his guilt, a mitigating factor, against her finding that he lied to prosecutors in breach of his plea deal, which freed prosecutors from any obligation to recommend leniency.
The second sentencing will cap a legal saga which began in October 2017 when he and his longtime employee and campaign deputy Rick Gates became the first defendants publicly charged in Mueller's probe. But he reached Mueller's team, and pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy.
During Wednesday's hearing, Jackson ruled that Manafort should get a tougher sentence because he acted in a leadership role, directing others to participate in a crime.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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