Manafort Judge: He’s Not Being Convicted Of Colluding With Russia

Manafort Judge: He’s Not Being Convicted Of Colluding With Russia

US President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort faces potentially spending the rest of his life behind bars when a judge sentences him on Thursday for tax crimes and bank fraud.

An activist holds a picture of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during a protest outside the Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse prior to the first day of Manafort's trial, in Alexandria, Virginia, on July 31, 2018. The charges stem from Manafort's lobbying and consulting work - and the millions of dollars he made from it - in Ukraine. His attorneys argued in a sentencing memo filed Friday that the sentencing range of 19 1/2 to 24 years in prison is "clearly disproportionate" to his offenses as a first-time offender and given "the nature of the offenses".

In arguing for a lighter sentence, Manafort's attorneys said the veteran Republican political consultant has been "devastated personally, professionally and financially".

This is not Manafort's final court appearance.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - When former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is sentenced for tax and bank fraud, US District Judge T.S. Ellis III will likely issue the same lecture he gives to drug dealers and bank robbers. Mueller is likely to save those conclusions for his final report on the Russian Federation investigation.

In just under a week, on March 13th, he faces a second sentencing hearing in federal court in Washington, D.C. on felony counts that he pleaded guilty to past year. Mueller's prosecutors have so far not taken a position on what Manafort's sentence should be but they are expected to weigh in during the D.C. hearing on whether the sentences should be concurrent or consecutive. But that agreement collapsed after Manafort was found to have lied to Mueller's team.

Manafort has requested a "significantly" lower sentence for his conviction in the Eastern District of Virginia than sentencing guidelines prescribe. They also discussed a peace plan to resolve cross-border hostilities after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Ellis presided over Manafort's trial and was preparing to hand down his punishment for bank and tax fraud.

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Manafort was originally to be tried in two different cases, one in Virginia and one in the District.

To rebut prosecutors, Manafort's lawyers have said that prosecutors have no evidence of Russian collusion by their client and that his interactions with Kilimnik were innocent. In one early hearing, he accused them using the charges to get Manafort to flip on Trump.

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian officials and is awaiting sentencing. He faces up to five years in prison on each of two counts to which he pleaded guilty.

The sentencing hearing on Thursday will focus on the financial crimes Manafort committed when he hid millions in offshore accounts in Cyprus and elsewhere while failing to report income to the Internal Revenue Service. In the months leading up to and during his stint on Trump's campaign, which he worked on for free, he then turned to misleading banks to fill his coffers, the prosecutors alleged.

"The defendant blames everyone from the Special Counsel's Office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices", prosecutors said. They do not directly address Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The verdict marked a dramatic fall for Manafort, a savvy political operative who advised USA presidents as well as foreign leaders. They say he has developed gout and suffers debilitating foot pain as a result, and that he is experiencing feelings of claustrophobia and isolation.

"Mr. Manafort's physical, mental, and emotional health, together with his age and his nearly nine-month stay in solitary confinement, weigh in favor of a sentence in this case that does not include a lengthy period of incarceration", they argued.

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