Federal Judge Adds 43 Months to Paul Manafort's Prison Term

Nov. 6 2017 Paul Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman leaves the federal courthouse in Washington

Within minutes of the sentencing, prosecutors in NY brought state charges against Manafort - a move that appeared at least partly created to guard against the possibility that President Donald Trump could pardon him.

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.

The hearing was a milestone moment in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election campaign. Although the president has the power to issue pardons for federal crimes, the authority does not extend to convictions in state court.

Both cases arose from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election.

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.

Nonetheless, her sentence on Wednesday could have been harsher: Manafort was facing the possibility of another ten years in prison as opposed to another 43 months.

"I feel very badly for Paul Manafort", Trump told reporters Wednesday afternoon, adding that "certainly on a human basis, it's a very sad thing".

Manafort is one of the 34 people and three companies charged by Mueller.

Manafort, a lifelong political operator whose clients have included dictators Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko, said he has learned his lesson.

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"That results in a very harsh process for the defendant", Downing said. And Bertrand said of the protestors, "They're right, it's not what she said". Napolitano said the former Trump campaign chairman did not seem convincing of remorse over his crime, but over the suffering he and his family have been going for since the investigation began.

"I know it was my conduct that brought me here today. For these mistakes, I am remorseful".

While addressing the court, Judge Jackson declared that Manafort "is not public enemy No. 1", nor is he a violent criminal. Jackson said Manafort committed fraud so he could live a lavish lifestyle.

Manafort, 69, was convicted in August by a jury in Virginia federal court of eight of 18 charges having to do with his political consulting business and work he did on behalf of a pro-Russia government in Ukraine.

As to the political atmosphere, Jackson said she could not opine about the public perception or the broader Russian Federation imbroglio because it was not a subject of the matter at hand.

In a pre-sentencing statement, Jackson lit into Manafort for stealing from taxpayers to buy gaudy suits, failing to show genuine contrition, and being a complete liar.

One key figure in that scheme was Manafort's partner Konstantin Kilimnik, whom prosecutors have linked with Russia's intelligence services.

Jackson went on to refute the claim that Manafort was a victim who was cynically taken advantage of by politically motivated prosecutors, as has been alleged by many Trump allies.

Mr Mueller's team called Manafort a "hardened" criminal in a filing last month, arguing he should be held accountable for the "gravity" of his crimes.

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