Trump's Ex-Campaign Manager's Jail Term Extended By 3.5 Years

Trump's Ex-Campaign Manager's Jail Term Extended By 3.5 Years

Trump's Ex-Campaign Manager's Jail Term Extended By 3.5 Years

If convicted in New York, Manafort, 69, could not hope for a presidential pardon on those state charges - which are separate from the federal cases for which Manafort has already been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

Immediately after Wednesday's sentence in Washington, D.C. District Court, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. announced state fraud charges that could add to his prison time.

Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort has been jailed for 43 more months on charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Trump has the authority as USA president to pardon Manafort for all his federal convictions, meaning he could be freed from his combined seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Manafort was among the first people charged in the investigation, and though the allegations did not relate to his work for Trump, his foreign entanglements and business relationship with a man the US says has ties to Russian intelligence have made him a pivotal figure in the probe.

Both cases arose from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election.

Judge T.S. Ellis III in the Eastern District of Virginia last week appeared moved by Manafort's claims, sparking a public backlash by going far below guidelines that recommended a sentence of about two decades in prison.

Berman dismissed most of Manafort's claims of contrition to boost his previous sentence, in a Virginia court last week, by 43 months to 90 months, a heavy punishment for the 69-year-old veteran Republican and global political consultant.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, the president said he feels "very badly" for his former campaign manager.

Manafort is one of the 34 people and three companies charged by Mueller.

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".

She also said Manafort's expression of remorse rang hollow.

"I know that it was my conduct that brought me here today".

Reading from a three-page statement, Manafort asked for mercy and said the criminal charges against him have "taken everything from me already".

Andrew Weissman, one of the prosecutors, said that Manafort may have lied because he did not want "negative consequences in terms of the other motive that Mr. Manafort could have, which is to at least augment his chances for a pardon". "She said this case had not addressed the collusion question". After he pled guilty, he said, Manafort then lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a grand jury even though he had agreed to cooperate.

The prosecutors are expected to do the same later in the week for Rick Gates, a Manafort business associate and former key Trump campaign aide, who pleaded guilty to fraud and lying to investigators.

Whatever Jackson's ruling, the possibility of a presidential pardon - a prospect Trump has not ruled out - will likely continue to hang over the Manafort situation, lawyers said.

"What's happening today is not and can not be a review or revision of a sentence that was imposed in another court", she said.

"I have not even given it a thought", he added, when asked about a potential pardon.

"I can say to you with confidence that my behavior will be very different", Manafort told the judge.

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