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    Manafort Sentenced to 47 Months in Prison

    Manafort Sentenced to 47 Months in Prison

    But not for anything having to do with Russian collusion

    Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chair was sentenced to 47 months in prison Thursday evening. Prosecutors requested 19-24 years.

    From USA Today:

    Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, was sentenced Thursday to nearly fouryears in federal prison for cheating banks and the government out of millions of dollars.

    The prison sentence marks the end ofa stunning downfall for the longtime political operative who helped elect four Republican presidents, including Trump. He is among a half-dozen people in Trump’s orbit who have been charged as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible cooperation with the Trump campaign.

    U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, who had been critical of Mueller’s prosecutors, imposed the sentence Thursday afternoon in a federal court outside Washington.

    Manafort, who used his illicit fortune to buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of expensive suits, arrived to hear his sentence in a green jail jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words “Alexandria inmate.” He entered the packed federal courtroom in a wheelchair and holding a cane.

    Manafort said he was “humiliated and ashamed” by his new circumstances.

    A jury convicted Manafort of eight charges, including bank and tax fraud, after a three-week trial last summer. The case, as well as a related one in Washington, stem from his work as a political consultant in Ukraine before he joined Trump’s campaign in 2016.

    Before he announced the sentence, Ellis made a point of stressing that Manafort “is not before the court on anything having to do with collusion with the Russian government.”



    Professor Jacobson covered Manafort’s conviction:

    MANAFORT VERDICT: Guilty on 8 Counts, Mistrial on 10 Others

    Paul Manafort is being prosecuted because of who he knows. I hope he walks.

    Robert Mueller indicts Paul Manafort a second time for things having nothing to do with Trump or Russian meddling

    For our previous coverage of the Manafort trial, see here.


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    tom_swift | March 7, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Manafort, who used his illicit fortune to buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of expensive suits

    That fiend!

    Unimaginable depravity! Unrestrained sartorialism!

    The court needs to “send a message”, like, fer sure.

    Paul In Sweden | March 8, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Not for nothing BUT… Manafort was a real big time tax cheat. I remember reading the indictment right here at LI. Manafort did all kinds of blatant tax fraud and money laundering. Yes, he was targeted because he in the end was associated with Trump but what they nailed him with was dead to rights.

    I am not sure but the sentence given by the judge seems by my recollection typical of a tax cheat. The prosecution asking for 19-24 years to me seems way out of line. It would be my hope that prosecutors start demanding 19-24 years for rapists and murderers!

    Post-coup Kiev is a source for retributive change, selectively, from Manafort to Trump. Who’s the next warlock to be dunked?

    What people are overlooking, or ignoring, is the monetary responsibility Manafort assumed. He is now largely destitute, with an enormous amount of money being seized for restitution. Manafort now has nothing left, going into prison, and he will have nothing when he comes out. Considering his age and the nature of his crimes, this sentence is not really too lenient.

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