Paul Manafort Indicted in New York After Federal Sentencing

Paul Manafort Indicted in New York After Federal Sentencing

Paul Manafort has been hit with new criminal charges in New York City not even an hour after learning his prison sentence for federal crimes.

Manafort pleaded guilty last September to two felony counts - conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice - related to his lobbying.

Jackson said that her finding Manafort "accepted responsibility" under sentencing for the sake of the calculations being done, is "not the same" as deciding he " has accepted responsibility in the existential and personal sense".

"It's hard to overstate the number of lies, the amount of fraud involved. and there is no good explanation to warrant the leniency requested", she said.

"She needs me and I need her", Manafort told Jackson.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to almost three-and-a-half years in prison on charges that he misled the U.S. government about his foreign lobbying work and encouraged witnesses to lie on his behalf. Manafort was also ordered to pay $24 million in restitution and a $50,000 fine. The state charges appear at least partly created to guard against the possibility that he could be pardoned by President Donald Trump and freed early on his federal convictions.

Manafort, who has a condition called gout, entered Jackson's courtroom in a wheelchair.

"If the people don't have the facts, democracy doesn't work", she also told Manafort and his attorneys. Flynn has admitted that in December 2016, he met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and discussed USA sanctions against Russia-and that when the Federal Bureau of Investigation questioned him about that meeting, he lied to investigators.

"The criminal conduct in this case was not an isolated, single incident", Jackson said.

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The next month, Manafort faced another trial in the D.C. federal court, on charges that included failing to register as a foreign lobbying agent for the government of Ukraine.

The prosecutors are expected to do the same later in the week for Rick Gates, a Manafort business associate and former key Trump campaign aide, who pleaded guilty to fraud and lying to investigators.

On Wednesday's broadcast of MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports", Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that "Paul Manafort caught a break" in the overall sentence he received.

"I have not even given it a thought", he added, when asked about a potential pardon.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's campaign manager, faces a second round of sentencing in federal court Wednesday morning. But he reached Mueller's team, and pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy. He has apparently been giving prosecutors a great deal of information about various investigations into Trump world and has not yet been sentenced.

The judicial analyst said that although Manafort's judge made an effort to show compassion to him and defended him as "not a public enemy", she was irritated that he insisted that he was not guilty and that he was only in her court because of the special prosecutor.

But Manafort admitted guilt on all charges in his Washington plea. Instead of turning up any evidence of "collusion" with the Kremlin, however, the prosecutors charged him with financial crimes connected to his lobbying work in Ukraine, entirely unrelated to the 2016 election.

Manafort, who led Trump's presidential campaign for three months in mid-2016, said he was the primary caregiver for his wife Kathleen and wanted the chance for them to resume their life together.

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