Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pictured in 2016, was sentenced on Wednesday in a federal criminal case in Washington, D.C. The "case has taken everything from me already" the 69-year-old lawyer said.
During the sentencing hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she would not be swayed by last Thursday's sentence by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis.
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.
Manafort's lawyers noted that none of the Mueller's charges against him related to the special counsel's core mandate: collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
He was sentenced in a separate case in Virginia last week to 47 months in prison. Instead of turning up any evidence of "collusion" with the Kremlin, however, the prosecutors charged him with financial crimes connected to his lobbying work in Ukraine, entirely unrelated to the 2016 election.
Mueller is preparing to submit to U.S. Attorney General William Barr a report on his investigation into whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. "Please let my wife and I be together", Manafort asked Jackson, The Atlantic reported.
He added that during nine months in solitary confinement, "I have reflected on what is important to me, and I can see I did not always act according to my code of personal values ..."
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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. He was also hit with a $50,000 fine.
The potential maximum penalty in the case was 10 years, although the judge said sentencing guidelines in the case contemplated more time given the amount of money involved with the conspiracy that Manafort admitted.
But she said Manafort should get credit for acceptance of responsibility, because he pleaded guilty to the conduct at issue. He has not learned a harsh lesson. "It is not a reflection of remorse", Weissmann said. He later added, "That should be your true regret, and you should have remorse for that".
"The defendant is not public enemy number one", she said. Jackson said Manafort committed fraud so he could live a lavish lifestyle. He was convicted at trial in the Virginia case and pleaded guilty in Washington to two conspiracy counts, each punishable by up to five years in prison.
In court on Wednesday, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing revealed that Manafort and Kilmnik were "communicating with senior State Department officials in Kiev", and noted that Mueller's team has conceded that "the highest level of state department officials knew of his activities".
This is a developing story that will be updated.