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Paul Manafort Indicted in New York After Federal Sentencing

Paul Manafort Indicted in New York After Federal Sentencing

Paul Manafort has been charged in a new criminal case not even an hour after learning his prison sentence for federal crimes.

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.

Trump has not ruled out a presidential pardon for Manafort, and after last week's sentencing said "I feel very badly" for his former aide.

One criticism that Judge Ellis made during the sentencing hearing in Virginia was that Manafort did not appear remorseful. In all, Manafort will spend around seven-and-a-half years in jail for a variety of crimes related to consulting work he did in Ukraine prior to joining the Trump campaign.

But Manafort admitted guilt on all charges in his Washington plea. Flynn has admitted that in December 2016, he met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and discussed USA sanctions against Russia-and that when the Federal Bureau of Investigation questioned him about that meeting, he lied to investigators.

Jackson also pointed out that Manafort had shown no remorse for the actions that had landed him in prison.

One subject the men discussed was a proposed resolution to the conflict over Ukraine, an issue of great interest to the Russian government, according to a partially redacted transcript of a February 4 hearing before Jackson.

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

Kilimnik has denied having connections to Russian intelligence and is believed to be in Russia.

The indictment comes the same day a federal judge sentenced Manafort to an additional three and a half years of prison on conspiracy charges related to his foreign lobbying work and witness tampering. He was sentenced in a separate case in Virginia last week to 47 months in prison.

Kathleen Manafort attended her husband's hearing on Wednesday
Kathleen Manafort attended her husband's hearing on Wednesday

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.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 counts, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud.

Manafort can not receive a presidential pardon for state crimes.

Jackson ruled that Manafort should get a tougher sentence because he acted in a leadership role, directing others to participate in a crime, rejecting a defence argument that the sentencing enhancement should only apply to those who lead criminal organizations.

He added that nine months in solitary confinement after being jailed when accused of witness tampering gave him "new self-awareness".

Manafort "lied to the". A grand jury there returned the indictment on March 7. But his deceit also extended to tax preparers, bookkeepers, banks, the Treasury and Justice Departments and his own lawyers, prosecutors contended.

Manafort has asked for mercy given his age and fragile health, while arguing that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III prosecuted him in fruitless pursuit of evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.

Prosecutors described Manafort as a "hardened" criminal who "repeatedly and brazenly violated the law" for more than a decade and said he continued to operate illegally after he was indicted in 2017. Downing said all sides have sought to spin Manafort's predicament to their political advantage, adding, "But for a short stint as campaign manager in a presidential election, I don't think we would be here today".

None of Manafort's charges, however, relates to allegations of collusion with Russian Federation. Last week, he was sentenced for another term over tax and bank fraud.

"My life is professionally and financially in shambles", he said in Virginia court last week.

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