Paul Manafort: Ex-Trump chief gets 43 more months in jail

Paul Manafort: Ex-Trump chief gets 43 more months in jail

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President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was indicted on Tuesday for mortgage fraud and other felonies in NY, less than an hour after a Washington judge extended his federal prison sentence to more than seven years.

The sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of Alexandria, Virginia, stirred debate about whether it was too light because it was far less than the roughly 20 years Manafort had faced under federal sentencing guidelines.

Jackson, who had revoked Manafort's house arrest and jailed him last June after hearing allegations that he tampered with witnesses, imposed a 73-month sentence on Manafort.

Manafort, 69, is set to spend more than seven and a half years in prison when the crimes of secret lobbying and witness tampering are added to the almost four years he received last week in Virginia on separate charges of bank and tax fraud.

While the case was brought by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, Manafort's convictions stem from his earlier work in Ukraine. 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".

Gates reached his own cooperation agreement with prosecutors and was the government's star witness in the Virginia case previous year.

Mueller's investigation appears to be winding down, although no end date has been set for him to deliver a report on his investigation to the Justice Department and Attorney General William Barr.

Whatever Jackson's ruling, the possibility of a presidential pardon - a prospect Trump has not ruled out - will likely continue to hang over the Manafort situation, lawyers said.

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"No one is beyond the law in NY", he said. Last week, he was sentenced for another term over tax and bank fraud.

Meanwhile, Manafort was indicted in New York City on mortgage fraud, conspiracy, and other state charges, the Manhattan district attorney announced on Wednesday. "No collusion", the president added.

The prosecutors say Manafort and Kilimnik met secretly during the USA presidential campaign and that their encounter cuts "to the heart" of their investigation whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help him win.

"The most damning thing she said was she accused him of not being candid with her during the sentencing".

The judge said conspiracy charges concerning Manafort's unregistered foreign lobbying work and witness tampering were "not just some failure to comply with some pesky regulations" as his attorneys argued. It was not present in this case, "period", she said.

"I pledge to do all I can to accelerate the healing process", he said.

"The defendant is not public enemy number one", she said.

Manafort had asked for mercy, saying the criminal charges against him had "taken everything from me already". "While I cannot change the past, I can work to change the future". "Please let my wife and I be together". "I would be surprised if she really threw the book at him". But, he continued, in response to whether he would pardon Manafort, "I have not even given it a thought, as of this moment. Why would I take it off the table?"

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