Judge Amy Berman Jackson blasted Manifort for splurging on 'more suits than one man can wear.' The feds would likely liquidate items seized from Manafort, including his infamous $15,000 ostrich leather bomber jacket, at a time to be determined later. "It is hard to overstate the number of lies and amount of money involved".
The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand (an MSNBC contributor) tweeted that Kevin Downing, one of Manafort's lawyers, "is saying that Judge ABJ found that there was no evidence of Russian Federation collusion" and that protestors responded, "That's not what she said".
Any term Jackson imposes could overlap with or be served in addition to the almost four years the 69-year-old Manafort received last week in federal court in Alexandria on related tax and bank fraud convictions at trial. She could also fine him several million dollars more than he has already forfeited to the U.S. government as part of his plea.
Manafort was being sentenced for concealing from the government foreign lobbying work.
Jackson sentenced Manafort, a veteran Republican political operative who earned millions of dollars working for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine, for two conspiracy charges to which he pleaded guilty in September 2018 in Washington.
The Mueller team has prosecuted Manafort in both jurisdictions for charges related to his foreign consulting work. Prosecutors said during his case that Manafort shared campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Manafort business associate identified by prosecutors as having ties to Russian intelligence. He has not learned a harsh lesson.
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News on Manafort's indictment came moments after he was sentenced to an additional 3-and-a-half years in jail on conspiracy charges. Downing said all sides have sought to spin Manafort's predicament to their political advantage, adding, "But for a short stint as campaign manager in a presidential election, I don't think we would be here today".
The sentence is on top of the roughly four-year prison sentence Manafort received last week in a separate criminal case in Virginia.
Paul Manafort's case is the highest-profile yet stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. With time served, Manafort is set to spend 81 months behind bars, or a little less than seven years.
Manafort, 69, had not showed any remorse at his sentencing in his other case last Thursday. "At each juncture, though, Mr. Manafort chose to take a different path", Weissmann said.
Defense lawyer Kevin Downing suggested Manafort was being unduly punished because of the "media frenzy" generated by the appointment of a special counsel. 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.
Despite his apparent contrition, Manafort is not being forthcoming about the witness-tampering allegations against him, Jackson said.
An important question for Jackson, she said, was whether Manafort had been an "organizer or leader" of the offenses.