Paul Manafort indicted on new fraud charges in NY

Paul Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman leaves Federal District Court in Washington. AP

Paul Manafort indicted on new fraud charges in NY

In the latest case Manafort was sentenced for conspiracy against the United States, which included a range of conduct from money laundering to unregistered lobbying, and a second count related to witness tampering.

At his sentencing hearing, Manafort said he was sorry for what he had done.

Jackson told Manafort that he had lied repeatedly and committed fraud repeatedly, and there was no good explanation for the leniency he sought.

"It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the amount of money involved", Jackson said. She also said Manafort's "career was spent gaming the system".

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces sentencing - Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that 30 months of the sentence she imposes will overlap with his Virginia sentence of just under four years, but she will issue a separate consecutive sentence on top of that sentence.

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

Speaking to reporters after the sentencing, Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing said Jackson exhibited callousness that was "hostile and totally unnecessary". At last week's sentencing, Manafort wore a green prison jumpsuit emblazoned with the words "Alexandria Inmate" on the back. Flynn has admitted that in December 2016, he met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and discussed US sanctions against Russia-and that when the Federal Bureau of Investigation questioned him about that meeting, he lied to investigators.

"Please let my wife and I be together", he said, playing the age card; he is about to turn 70. Jackson made a point of saying that this case had nothing to do with collusion, and does not reach any conclusion as to whether collusion did or did not take place. Jackson also briefly revisited the long road - with many twists - that Manafort's case has taken over several hearings and more than 500 court filings. He said Manafort took steps to hide his foreign lobbying work, laundered millions of dollars to fund a lavish lifestyle and then, while on house arrest, coached other witnesses to lie on his behalf.

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

President Donald Trump, however, tweeted his sympathies for Manafort, saying incorrectly that "both the Judge and the lawyer in the Paul Manafort case stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russian Federation". He has not learned a harsh lesson.

Veteran journalist Dan Rather has correctly used the phrase "flock of felons" to describe all the Trump associates who have had major legal problems-if not in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, with federal prosecutors for the Southern District of NY. Last week after Manafort was sentenced in Virginia, Trump said he feels "very badly" for his former campaign chairman.

"I think she will run some of her time consecutively", said Wu, who appeared before Jackson during a previous stint representing Manafort's former business associate Rick Gates. On Wednesday, she indicated that she would give Manafort some credit for accepting responsibility for his crimes by virtue of having pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy last September.

But Manafort admitted guilt on all charges in his Washington plea. Ellis did not say that and instead explained that the charges were unrelated to any Russian collusion or the 2016 presidential election. He agreed to cooperate with the investigation and has yet to be sentenced.

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