This post will be updated regularly.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is being sentenced today for his second federal case with Special Counsel Robert Mueller before Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
Last week, Manafort was sentenced to 47 months before Judge T.S. Ellis.
RELATED POST: Read Transcripts of Paul Manafort’s Sentencing Hearing
At issue is whether Judge Amy Berman Jackson will issue a concurrent sentence and how long the sentence will be for. Manafort could receive a maximum of ten years.
The other issue is whether President Trump will pardon Manafort and if so, when.
I will provide updates to this post as it becomes available, so keep checking in.
9:27 a.m. – Paul Manafort is in court and was brought in sitting in his wheelchair. He is wearing a suit this time versus his prison jumpsuit. Before Judge Ellis, Manafort wore a prison jumpsuit.
9:33 a.m. – Judge Amy Jackson made brief statements on the bench advising that what occurred in Judge Ellis’ courtroom is different and separate from the case before her now. Judge Jackson also mentioned that the maximum sentence Manafort could receive is ten years.
9:51 a.m. – Probation Office says that Manafort should not receive credit for cooperating in plea deal. Judge Jackson questions whether Manafort has accepted responsibility for his actions.
10: 14 a.m. – Prosecutors are arguing their case before Judge Jackson stating that Paul Manafort committed crimes that violated our political process. In addition, prosecutors are arguing that Manafort received money from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and helped him launder the money.
Prosecutors are also arguing that Manafort chose to work for foreign governments, the Ukraine on behalf of Russians instead of the United States.
10:31 – Prosecutors finished their arguments stating that Manafort lied to the grand jury and federal investigators. That Manafort did not learn his lesson since he continued to lie to Mueller’s investigators even with a plea deal in place that was ultimately invalidated.
10:35 a.m. – Defense attorneys say that persons in the highest level of government knew what Manafort was doing as a lobbyist for foreign governments, yet no one took action until Mueller’s office got involved.
Defense attorneys have just stated that Manafort will speak before the court.
10:48 a.m. – Manafort is speaking before Judge Jackson and has apologized for his actions “I am sorry for what I have done.” Manafort mentioned his nine months in solitary confinement and that he has learned his lesson.
Remember, Manafort did not apologize before Judge Ellis.
10:51 a.m. – Manafort begged to be with his wife.
11:02 a.m.- The court is in recess.
11:26 a.m. – Judge Jackson states that the issues of collusion is not before the court and will not be resolved through this case.
NOTE- Tomorrow Judge Jackson hears pending motions on Roger Stone and his gag order.
11:29 a.m. – Judge Jackson speaking directly to Manafort said his career was about strategy and spin and that “if people don’t have the facts, democracy doesn’t work.
11:34 a.m. – Judge Jackson is reviewing the witness tampering charges and fact that polling data was shared with Konstantin Kilimnik.
11:38 a.m.- Judge Jackson said the courts are a place where “facts still matter.”
11:54 a.m. – Judge Jackson is asking defense attorneys why Russian collusion being brought up when it is not a legal issue before the court. Jackson states the defense is looking to score political points.
12:12 p.m. – Manafort gets nine months credit for the time he has served and is expected to get out of jail, including possible credit for good behavior (15% timed knocked off) in November 2024.
In total, Manafort is getting 7 1/2 years in prison, with thirty months to be served concurrently with his prior sentence before Judge Ellis. Thirteen months are being added consecutively to his other case.
In addition, more than $11 million in assets will be forfeited.
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Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.