A Manhattan grand jury has indicted President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort on charges of residential mortgage fraud and other state crimes, the Manhattan District Attorney's office said Wednesday.
In the D.C. case, Manafort pleaded guilty to committing various financial crimes, including tax fraud and failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) regarding his foreign lobbying on behalf of Ukraine.
Defense attorneys argued a lengthy prison term would amount to a life sentence for Manafort, given his age and the fact he has gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis. This case has taken everything from me.
Before the ruling, Manafort said he was "sorry" and pleaded with Judge Amy Berman Jackson to think of his family as she considers what sentence to hand him for his tax and bank fraud charges, and foreign lobbying violations.
The announcement adds to the legal trouble for Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, who is already facing years in prison on federal charges. 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.
The sentencing comes a week after Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison after a federal jury in Virginia convicted him on eight counts of bank and tax fraud a year ago.
"Please let my wife and I be together".
Kathleen Manafort attended her husband's hearing on Wednesday
The hearing comes a week after a judge in Virginia sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison, far below what government guidelines recommended. He said Manafort took steps to hide his foreign lobbying work, laundered millions of dollars to fund a lavish lifestyle and then, while on house arrest, coached other witnesses to lie on his behalf. "This case has taken everything from me", Manafort said.
"This case has taken everything from me already - my properties, my cash, my life insurance, trust accounts for my children and grandchildren, and even more", Manafort told Judge Jackson on Wednesday.
His attempts to cover up his crimes by asking witnesses to lie for him, Weissmann said, "is not reflective of somebody who has learned a harsh lesson. It is not a reflection of remorse", Weissmann said. "I promise that if you do, you will not regret it". "Judge Ellis showed little restraint in his comments as well as his action", said George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley.
Both cases stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian election meddling in the 2016 USA elections.
Jackson ruled on February 13 that Manafort had breached his agreement in the Washington case to cooperate with Mueller's office by lying to prosecutors about three matters pertinent to the Russia probe including his interactions with a business partner they have said has ties to Russian intelligence. She said the issue of Russian conspiracy was not presented in the case and "therefore it was not resolved". But he reached Mueller's team, and pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy.
He agreed to cooperate with the investigation and has yet to be sentenced.
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