Trump ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort jailed for 43 more months

Nov. 6 2017 Paul Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. Russian state television stations have jumped at what they perceive as a relativel

Paul Manafort returns to court for another sentencing

Less than an hour after Manafort was sentenced on federal conspiracy charges in Washington, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced that the new charges were filed in state Supreme Court last Thursday.

Manafort is set to be sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for crimes related to witness tampering and lobbying violations, charges that are apparently unrelated to Manafort's work on the Trump campaign.

"The defendant is not public enemy number one", US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in delivering the sentence in a hushed courtroom.

In sentencing memos to Jackson, prosecutors did not ask for a specific term to be imposed but urged it be enough to deter Manafort and others from committing similar crimes. But Jackson said Manafort should get credit for accepting responsibility because he pleaded guilty to the conduct at issue, though he later breached his cooperation deal with prosecutors.

The announcement came nearly immediately after Washington District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort in the second of two federal cases brought against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Manafort was also ordered to pay $24 million in restitution and a $50,000 fine.

According to the Associated Press, Manafort won't be eligible for a pardon by President Donald Trump if convicted on NYS charges.

Judge Jackson also addressed the defense's arguments about Manafort and collusion. He admitted that he had concealed from authorities the work he was doing for political clients in Ukraine and that he had schemed with a partner to try to persuade potential jurors to lie about it. He was tasked to investigate allegations that Trump and his campaign "colluded" with Russian Federation back in 2016, receiving near-unlimited authority.

The 69-year-old, who arrived in court in a wheelchair, said he was the primary caregiver of his wife and wanted the chance for them to resume their life together. They have also said the case does not prove that the campaign worked with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election. That means that the other 30 months for Count 1 in the D.C. case will be served after the 47 months in the EDVA case, and the 13 months for Count 2 will be served after that, for a total of 90 months, or seven and a half years.

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The additional time is related to charges of witness tampering and foreign laundering.

He pleaded guilty to two criminal charges: conspiracy against the U.S. and conspiracy witness tampering, which he committed after his arrest.

Trump can pardon his former campaign chairman on all federal charges, but cannot protect him from the consequences of the charges pending against him in the state of NY.

Though Trump said late a year ago that he hadn't discussed a potential pardon for Manafort, he also acknowledged that the possibility wasn't "off the table".

The decision comes weeks after Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for charges uncovered -yet unrelated- to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election.

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".

Manafort had "to make a choice", the prosecutor said. But he reached Mueller's team, and pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy.

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