Manafort Indicted on State Charges in NY

Kathleen Manafort, wife of former Trump campaign chairperson Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort, the man who helped guide Donald Trump to the presidency, was sentenced to a total of more than seven years in federal prison on Wednesday after a judge added 43 months to the sentence he received in another case last week.

Manhattan District Attorney revealed the contours of the alleged scheme in the 16-count indictment released shortly after a federal judge tacked an additional three and a half years onto Manafort's prison sentence for a combination of tax and bank fraud as well as conspiracy charges.

"I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today", he said, speaking from a wheelchair.

Manafort faces up to 10 years after pleading guilty in September in Washington to conspiring to defraud the United States by hiding millions he earned as an unregistered lobbyist for Ukrainian politicians over a decade and conspiring to tamper with witnesses after he was charged.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Manafort's lawyers countered that their client should be given credit for admitting his guilt while also stressing that none of the Mueller's charges related to the special counsel's core mandate: collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

His attempts to cover up his crimes by asking witnesses to lie for him, Weissmann said, "is not reflective of somebody who has learned a harsh lesson".

"I pledge to do all I can to accelerate the healing process", he said. Combined with the 47-month sentence handed down last week by Judge T.S. Ellis for a separate variety of federal crimes, Manafort stands to serve almost eight years total in federal prison. Mueller is expected to soon conclude his investigation in a confidential report to the Justice Department. And Bertrand said of the protestors, "They're right, it's not what she said. It is not a reflection of remorse", Weissmann said. "I would be surprised if she really threw the book at him".

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Just after the sentence was delivered, news broke that Manafort was indicted in NY on state charges, seen as a strategy for preventing a potential presidential pardon.

Manafort's lawyers used court papers to be critical of Mueller's investigation and the lack of charges related to the 2016 presidential election. I ask you to think of this and our need for each other.

The charges filed against Manafort may stand as a kind of prosecutorial insurance policy against a possible presidential pardon - a scenario that Trump has refused to discuss as Manafort's case worked its way through the federal court system.

Manafort, who will serve just over 90 months in prison, apologised for his actions and asked for leniency during his sentencing hearing.

As to the political atmosphere, Jackson said she could not opine about the public perception or the broader Russian Federation imbroglio because it was not a subject of the matter at hand.

Once again Manafort's legal team claimed, outside the court, that the judge said there was no evidence of Russian collusion, which, like last week, is not what the judge said.

Manafort defense attorney Kevin Downing said his client is genuinely remorseful and has already endured a "media frenzy" that few other defendants in this country have faced.

"I have not even given it a thought as of this moment".

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