Updated: The SDNY (Southern District of New York has just indicted Paul Manafort on unrelated charges such as mortgage fraud. I had previously written that New York would seek an indictment for a “just in case” scenario should President Trump decide a pardon. The post is available below.
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager was sentenced earlier today by Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
In total, Manafort was sentenced to seven and a half years in federal prison, adding forty-three months to the sentence he received in his other case that was before Judge T.S. Ellis. Thirty months are to run concurrent with that sentence and thirteen months consecutively.
Manafort did speak to the Judge from his wheelchair and wearing a suit this time instead of his prison jumpsuit as he did before Judge Ellis.
Manafort told Judge Jackson: “I want to say to you now that I am sorry for what I’ve done,” even telling Judge Jackson at his age, he wanted to be with his wife.
“I will be 70 years old in a few weeks. My wife is 66. She needs me. I need her. I ask you to think of this and our need for each other.”
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson replied by “saying I’m sorry I got caught is not an inspiring plea for leniency.”
Judge Jackson went on to say that “it is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved,” adding that “if people don’t have the facts, democracy can’t work.”
Manafort will also have approximately $11 million in assets forfeited.
This is an ongoing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.
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