Trump aide Paul Manafort jailed for another 43 months


An indictment unsealed on Wednesday in Manhattan accuses Manafort of conducting a year-long residential mortgage fraud scheme that netted millions of dollars.

Manafort's legal team is likely to challenge the new indictment on double-jeopardy grounds, arguing the charges brought against Manafort in NY are the same as the ones the former Trump campaign chairman went on trial for in Virginia.

Trump has declined to say whether he plans to pardon Manafort for the federal convictions.

Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano slammed convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for having lied in front of a federal court, saying that is the most "damning" thing he could have done to himself. That punishment is on top of a roughly four-year sentence he received last week in a separate case in Virginia.

"What's happening today is not and can not be a review or a revision of a sentence that was imposed by another court", the judge said. The Mueller indictment states that Manafort got the apartment for $2.85 million after transferring funds from a company in Cyprus, then falsely claimed it was a second home for his daughter and son-in-law, and used it as an Airbnb rental.

In fact, Ellis only said Manafort wasn't charged or being sentenced for collusion.

Paul Manafort was charged with two counts of conspiracy related to money laundering, unregistered lobbying and witness tampering, to which he had pleaded guilty. "This case has taken everything from me", Manafort said. That affects what the judge called the "algebra" involved with determining prison sentences, she said.

Manafort pleaded guilty September 14 in the Washington case to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving obstruction of justice, money laundering, secret overseas bank accounts and false statements to the Justice Department. It was Jackson who, in 2018, revoked Manafort's bail for witness tampering. He was indicted on conspiracy charges last summer.

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Paul Manafort, 69, had pleaded guilty to avoid a full trial as part of a deal to co-operate with prosecutors investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, but was later ruled to have broken that deal by lying to them.

Appearing in a wheelchair and in a dark suit, his hair gray, Manafort addressed the court before his sentencing, telling the judge that he had time to reflect as he was in solitary confinement and that "my behavior in the future will be very different". He is expected to get credit for the nine months of jail time he's done already.

"His work was corrosive to faith in the political process, both in the United States and overseas", prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said. During a rare question-and-answer session with reporters on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump will "make his decision" about whether to pardon Manafort "when he's ready".

Trump, who in November said he had not ruled out giving Manafort a pardon, on Wednesday said that "I have not even given it a thought".

Manafort himself was less combative. "While I can not undo the past, I will ensure that the future will be very different".

His attempts to cover up his crimes by asking witnesses to lie for him, Weissmann said, "is not reflective of somebody who has learned a harsh lesson".

Reading from a three-page statement, Manafort asked for mercy and said the criminal charges against him have "taken everything from me already".