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Paul Manafort Faces Second Sentencing Hearing

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Patty Aguilar | 13 March, 2019, 19:42

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.

A federal judge in Virginia had sentenced Manafort to just under 4 years in federal prison and ordered that he pay $24.8 million in restitution and a $50,000 fine.

Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the Washington, D.C., case in order to avoid a trial previous year.

State prosecutors in NY are also reportedly preparing criminal charges against Manafort, which would be beyond the scope of the president's pardon power if Manafort were convicted.

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort was sentenced last week in Virginia, and sentenced again in Federal court on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says she's received many letters in support of Manafort. "While I can not undo the past, I will ensure that the future will be very different". "Let me be clear, I accept responsibility for the acts". I am her primary caregiver. this case has taken enough from me already.

"Though I know I am not that person" as publicly depicted, "I still feel shame and embarrassment for what I have caused to my family, to my friends and to all who have been affected by my behavior", Manafort said.

"This case has taken everything from me already", he said.

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Last week, in a federal court in Virginia, Manafort was sentenced to almost four years in prison (47 months) in a separate case, involving bank and tax fraud. Manafort was among the first people charged in the investigation, and though the allegations did not relate to his work for Trump, his foreign entanglements and business relationship with a man the USA says has ties to Russian intelligence have made him a pivotal figure in the probe.

He is to be 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.

"I believe that is not reflective of someone who has learned a harsh lesson".

At Wednesday's hearing, Andrew Weissmann, a member of Mueller's team, argued that Manafort "engaged in crime again and again", and dismissed the idea that his failure to register as a foreign agent was more than merely failing to file paperwork. "It is evidence that something is wrong with sort of a moral compass".

No longer wearing a prison jumpsuit as he did last week, Manafort sat in a wheelchair sporting a suit.

"But for a short stint as campaign manager in a presidential election, I don't think we'd be here today", Downing said. "A Manhattan grand jury has charged Mr. Manafort with state criminal violations which strike at the heart of New York's sovereign interests, including the integrity of our residential mortgage market".

He agreed to cooperate with the investigation and has yet to be sentenced. "Judge Ellis showed little restraint in his comments as well as his action", said George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley.

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