Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Paul Manafort indicted by NY prosecutors moments after federal sentencing

Paul Manafort indicted by NY prosecutors moments after federal sentencing

He has made broad admissions and apologized for his crimes in the two federal cases.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced on Wednesday to an additional 43 months in prison on federal conspiracy charges, just as prosecutors in NY filed separate state charges for mortgage fraud and other felonies.

"The Office of Special Counsel proved beyond a preponderance of evidence that Mr. Manafort intentionally gave false testimony with respect to that matter which was one of several matters in regards to false statement with regard to Mr. Klimnik", U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said early during today's hearing.

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

Jackson also considered that he intentionally lied to investigators and under oath before a grand jury about his contact with a Russian associate during the 2016 campaign, breaking his plea agreement.

"I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today", he said.

Manafort wore a dark suit and tie to the hearing. He reminded the judge that he will turn 70 in a few weeks.

The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand (an MSNBC contributor) tweeted that Kevin Downing, one of Manafort's lawyers, "is saying that Judge ABJ found that there was no evidence of Russian Federation collusion" and that protestors responded, "That's not what she said".

"That argument falls flat", Jackson said.

"He engaged in crime, again and again".

"I believe that is not reflective of someone who has learned a harsh lesson".

If convicted, Manafort could face years in prison. "Everybody's going nuts over this".

The Mueller team has prosecuted Manafort in both jurisdictions for charges related to his foreign consulting work. He agreed to forfeit assets, including four homes and money held in bank accounts. He also admitted to deceiving accountants, a bookkeeper and banks.

Manafort was being sentenced for concealing from the government foreign lobbying work he did on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party. Yanukovych now lives in exile in Russian Federation.

Manafort "is presented to this Court by the government as a hardened criminal who "brazenly" violated the law and deserves no mercy".

At the same time, he said he hoped Manafort would use his time behind bars to reflect on his behavior.

That 47-month sentence was two decades below the upper limit of federal sentencing guidelines, prompting criticism among some legal experts that it was too light.

Minutes after a Federal judge added 43 months to his sentence, NY state prosecutors unsealed an indictment that could yield another 7 years.

She conceded that Manafort's prison sentence would be hard on his family.

Manafort joined Trump's presidential campaign in March 2016 and became his campaign chairman that May before he was forced to resign in August 2016 following reports of his Ukraine lobbying.

"The "no collusion" refrain that runs through the entire defense memorandum is unrelated to matters at hand", Jackson reportedly said Wednesday.

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.

The former campaign manager was not ordered to pay any additional restitution after being ordered to pay a little more than $6 million last week.

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