Paul Manafort Receives His First Sentence

08 March, 2019, 03:25 | Author: Donnie King
  • Paul Manafort followed by a protestor with a sign accurately reading'Traitor

He was found guilty on five tax fraud charges, two counts of bank fraud, and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts.

The case wasn't related to Donald Trump's presidential campaign campaign.

- Ari Melber (@AriMelber) March 8, 2019I would expect on Manafort, after this 47 month sentence in VA, that the special counsel will seek, and Judge Amy Berman Jackson will impose, a few years' consecutive time in the DC case.

Prosecutors say the claims of health issues have not withstood scrutiny and even if they did, poor health is not a reason to escape consequences of criminal conduct.

Paul Manafort in his role as campaign chairman ahead of the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016.

He told Ellis the last two years have been the most hard he and his family have ever experienced, and appeared to choke up a bit as he told the judge he appreciated the trial that has been conducted.

Jackson on February 13 ruled that Manafort had breached his agreement to cooperate with Mueller's office by lying to prosecutors about three matters pertinent to the Russia probe including his interactions with a business partner they have said has ties to Russian intelligence. The special counsel's office added that the former campaign manager "blames everyone from the special counsel's office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices".

A jury previous year convicted Manafort on eight counts, concluding that he hid from the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars he earned from his work in Ukraine. He described his life as "professionally and financially in shambles".

"Manafort did not commit these crimes out of necessity or hardship", Mueller's office said.

Trump has repeatedly denied any election collusion with Moscow and denounced the probe by Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, as a "political witch hunt".

The trial highlighted that Manafort pushed unsuccessfully for an executive at one of those banks get position in President Trump's Cabinet.

Manafort's ties to Kilimnik unspooled later in a related case against him in Washington, where Manafort pleaded guilty on September 14 to two conspiracy charges and promised to cooperate with prosecutors. In his filing, Manafort emphasized he had spoken freely to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014 about his work for Russia-backed Ukrainian politicians.

Prosecutors alleged that Manafort used offshore bank accounts in Cyprus to hide more than $US55 million from Ukrainian politicians from the tax authorities.

The money was used to support a lavish lifestyle which included purchases of luxury homes and cars, antique rugs, and expensive clothes, including an $18,500 python jacket. Manafort faces a maximum of 10 years for those crimes.

Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is awaiting sentencing for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ex-Trump aide Cohen was recently sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes that include tax fraud and hush-money payments to two women Trump allegedly had affairs with in violation of campaign finance laws, as well as lying to the Congress.

Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was given a 14-day sentence for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the campaign's purported collusion with Russian Federation.



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