Manafort gets more than 3 extra years of prison time

Alexandria Sheriff's Office  Handout via REUTERS

Alexandria Sheriff's Office Handout via REUTERS

Said Manafort to the judge: "In my previous elocution, I told Judge Ellis that I was ashamed at my conduct that brought me into his court, and for that, I said I took responsibility".

Manafort had "to make a choice", the prosecutor said.

Judge Jackson blasted Manafort's "contempt" for the law and "his belief he had the right to manipulate these proceedings". He was tasked to investigate allegations that Trump and his campaign "colluded" with Russian Federation back in 2016, receiving near-unlimited authority.

The additional time is related to charges of witness tampering and foreign laundering. Manafort has pleaded guilty in Washington to two conspiracy counts. "I would be surprised if she really threw the book at him".

Trump has the authority as U.S. president to pardon Manafort for all his federal convictions, meaning he could be freed from his combined seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

The decision by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III to sentence Manafort to 47 months stunned many who'd been following the case given the guideline calculation of 19.5 to 24 years in prison and the fact the defendant was convicted of hiding millions of dollars from the IRS in undisclosed foreign bank accounts.

Jackson's sentence may mark the end of a two-year-old legal battle between Manafort, a veteran Republican political operative who worked for Trump's campaign for five months in 2016, and Mueller, who made exposing Manafort's covert lobbying for pro-Kremlin politicians in Ukraine a centerpiece of his Russian Federation probe.

Less than an hour after Manafort was sentenced on federal conspiracy charges in Washington, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced that the new charges were filed in state Supreme Court last Thursday. "Period", Jackson said. "Therefore, it was not resolved one way or the other in this case". The federal judge in the D.C. case, Jackson, concluded that Manafort gave false information, and on Wednesday she again rejected defense attorneys' efforts to get her to reconsider.

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. "He's lived an otherwise blameless life". "At each juncture, though, Mr. Manafort chose to take a different path", Weissmann said. He later added, "That should be your true regret, and you should have remorse for that". Downing's statement was the first time that detail was made public.

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.

He agreed to cooperate with the investigation and has yet to be sentenced.

At trial in Virginia in August, a jury found him guilty on eight counts and deadlocked on 10 others.

This is a breaking news and developing story.

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