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Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort sentenced to more than 7 years in prison


Added 03-13-19 12:59:01pm EST - “Today's sentence of three-and-a-half years adds to last week's four-year sentence for Manafort's financial crimes.” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort sentenced to more than 7 years in prison”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. sentenced President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to serve an additional three and a half years in federal prison for two conspiracy charges to which he pleaded guilty. The conspiracy charges are related to Manafort’s undeclared lobbying work, obstruction of justice, and money laundering.

In total, Manafort will serve more than seven years, a sentence that includes the 47 months to which Manafort was sentenced last week by a judge in Alexandria, Va. after being convicted of felony tax evasion and bank fraud. In D.C. on Wednesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to 60 months for the conspiracy charge and an additional 13 months for the witness tampering charge. Thirty months of his District sentence will run concurrent with the Virginia sentence, and the time he has already served will count toward his total sentence.

In court, Judge Jackson excoriated Manafort for what she described as a longtime pattern of deception.

“The criminal conduct in this case was not an isolated, single incident,” she said. “A significant portion of [his] career has been spent gaming the system.”

Manafort lied to the special counsel’s office about his relationship with long-time business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, whom the FBI says had close ties to Russian intelligence. He lied to investigators even after he accepted a plea deal and agreed to cooperate in the investigation, and the judge previously ruled those lies constituted a violation of his plea agreement.

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