Trump's Ex-Campaign Manager's Jail Term Extended By 3.5 Years

Trump's Ex-Campaign Manager's Jail Term Extended By 3.5 Years

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.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson was apparently unmoved by Manafort's speech, slapping him with a 6-year prison term for two conspiracy charges related to illegal lobbying. "She needs me, and I need her". "I ask you to think of this and our need for each other as you deliberate".

Jackson could have given Manafort up to 10 years in prison in the Washington case - five for each of the two conspiracy counts.

In addition to its length, the focus will be on what portion of her sentence Jackson decides to run simultaneously with the 47 months imposed by Ellis, and what time, if any, she tacks on to run consecutively.

Last fall, Manafort reached a plea agreement with Mueller's team, but he potentially faced a harsher sentence after prosecutors said, in their subsequent conversations with him, he lied about the nature of his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence.

Manafort eventually pleaded guilty in the D.C. case, after losing at trial in Virginia and being accused of witness tampering while awaiting trial in D.C. He agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation of Russian election interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible involvement. But Jackson ordered a portion to be served concurrently with a 47-month sentence given by Judge T.S. Ellis in federal court in Virginia last week.

Mueller then filed a transcript of Ellis' sentencing hearing in the D.C. case, stating it was "pertinent" to Judge Jackson's decision in sentencing Manafort in the D.C. case.

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Manafort, who has a condition called gout, entered Jackson's courtroom in a wheelchair. She gave him credit for the nine months he has already spent in prison, reducing the term facing him to 81 months - a little under seven years.

"I will be 70 years old in a few weeks". "He engaged in crime again and again, he has not learned a harsh lesson". She allowed a disagreement over Manafort's bail to carry on for months and only threw him in jail last June when he was indicted for an attempt to tamper with witnesses in the case.

Because he breached his plea deal, prosecutors need no longer abide by their pledge to consider recommending leniency for Manafort in exchange for his substantial help.

Interested in Russia Investigation? While Jackson did "appreciate the comments that were made this morning", she said it did not change the fact that in each previous court submission by Manafort and his attorneys, she believed the "element of remorse and personal responsibility. was completely absent". Gates later pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and left in late August of that year amid reports about his payments for his political work in Ukraine.

Given the time that he has already served, Manafort faces nearly seven more years in prison.

Jackson sentenced Manafort, a veteran Republican political operative who earned millions of dollars working for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine, for two conspiracy charges to which he pleaded guilty in September 2018 in Washington.

This is a breaking news and developing story.

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