Paul Manafort Indicted in New York After Federal Sentencing

Arturo Kim
March 14, 2019

A federal judge had minutes earlier determined Manafort will spend a total of 7.5 years in federal prison for a decade's worth of financial and lobbying crimes and obstruction of justice.

"No one is beyond the law in NY", said Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance.

The New York indictment also references another element of Manafort's federal trial - his actions to wire funds from a Cyprus-based account as a reimbursement for Yankees season tickets. But Manafort admitted guilt on all charges in his Washington plea. He has made broad admissions and apologized for his crimes in the two federal cases.

"I am sorry for what I have done and all the activities that have gotten us here today", Manafort told the court. "While I can not undo the past, I will ensure that the future will be very different".

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 counts, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud. Manafort has pleaded guilty in Washington to two conspiracy counts.

"Saying "I'm sorry I got caught" is not an inspiring plea for leniency", Jackson told Manafort, who was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair because of a condition called gout.

"While I can not undo the past, I will ensure that the future will be very different", he added.

Under the agreement, Manafort said he would fully cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of collusion between the commander-in-chief's presidential campaign and the Russian government.

Wednesday's sentencing comes in a week of activity for the investigation.

His motivation, she added, was "not to support a family, but to sustain a lifestyle that was ostentatiously opulent and extravagantly lavish - more houses a family can enjoy, more suits than one man can wear".

What was true, Jackson said, is that Mueller's team had proved by a preponderance of the evidence that Manafort had "intentionally lied" about a key meeting between himself, Kilimnick and Manafort's former protege, Rick Gates.

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"He engaged in crime, again and again". He has not learned a harsh lesson.

Ellis' sentence was relatively lenient, as Manafort could have been sentenced to around 20 years in prison. "Everybody's going nuts over this". The prosecutor 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.

The former campaign chairman worked to advance the political interests of Ukranian oligarchs before joining the Trump 2016 campaign for years. Trump has not officially ruled it out and continues to express sympathy for his former campaign chairman.

Jackson slammed Manafort for his crimes, which stemmed back years to when he lobbied and consulted for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Yanukovych now lives in exile in Russian Federation.

It's the second time in less than a week that Manafort's been through this process.

Attorney and Newsweek columnist Seth Abramson tweeted that Manafort "will leave federal prison (at the latest) at age 77" and that he "can still offer additional cooperation within the next 12 months to get his sentence reduced".

She added 43 months to the 47 months he already received, making the total 90 months.

Manafort told the judge he is soon turning 70 and is sole caregiver to his 66-year-old wife. The amount Ellis sentenced him for sparked outrage among attorneys and Democrats last week, who believed Manafort deserved more time.

Donald Trump's former campaign manger has been sentenced to six years in jail.

Judge Jackson also addressed the defense's arguments about Manafort and collusion.

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