Ex-Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort jailed

Paul Manafort to be sentenced in Va. court

But his hopes for a reduced sentence in the Washington case may be in jeopardy after a federal judge recently found that he lied to Mueller's team in response to some, but not all, of their inquiries.

Manafort will be sentenced by a judge who faced criticism by some in the legal community for making comments during the trial that were widely interpreted as biased against the prosecution. They said Manafort engaged in a scheme to hide tens of millions of dollars from the federal government by hiding money overseas, evading taxes, and defrauding several financial institutions.

Manafort has also been charged in Washington with money laundering, witness tampering and other offences and faces separate sentencing in that case on March 13. The charges stem from Manafort's lobbying and consulting work - and the millions of dollars he made from it - in Ukraine.

In his remarks, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said sentencing guidelines which would have allowed a sentence of up to 20 years were excessive and would have created "an unwarranted disparity" with other cases.

In a filing with the judge, they said Manafort is "truly remorseful" and is in poor health after spending the past nine months in prison. "When I was in the State Department, I met with all kinds of people, so you can triangulate and figure out what's happening".

Prosecutors working for Robert Mueller had recommended that Manafort receive a sentence of between 19-and-a-half to 24 years in prison for the 8 felony convictions that he received back in August of last year.

Prosecutors also argued that even though Manafort admitted his guilt in his plea agreement in D.C., he was found by the judge there to have violated that plea agreement. "I concluded that it was legitimate" for the special counsel to charge Manafort with financial crimes, Ellis said.

No, Manafort has not been charged with anything related to the special counsel's investigation into an alleged Russian plot to influence the 2016 USA presidential election. Another plausible outcome could involve a presidential pardon, which Trump said he has not ruled out.

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The sentencing capped a stunning downfall for Manafort, a prominent figure in Republican Party circles for decades who also worked as a consultant to such worldwide figures as former Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Yanukovych.

Mueller's office countered that it was "Manafort's own criminal actions that have led to these consequences".

President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen is to begin serving a three-year prison sentence on 6 May for fraud, tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions and lying to Congress.

He will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C. court next week for conspiracy charges, where he could be sentenced to another 10-years behind bars.

"I know it is my conduct that brought me here".

Prosecutors disputed that, and in court filings said Manafort's business dealings were under investigation even before Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

The charges stem from an inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win the 2016 election.

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