Trump’s Campaign Chief Paul Manafort Sentenced To 47 Months, Will Now Serve Nearly 8 Years In Prison

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Paul Manafort, the disgraced ex-chairman of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison Wednesday, closing the book on special counsel Robert Mueller’s most explosive prosecution.

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Repeatedly stressing the seriousness of his crimes and reluctance to take responsibility for them, federal Washington Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down a 73-month sentence for Manafort, part of which will run concurrently with the relatively light 47-month sentence he was slammed with in Virginia on March 7.

But a majority of Jackson’s decree — 43 months — will be added on top of the Virginia sentence, meaning he’ll be locked away for a total of seven and a half years.

Jackson’s sentence was handed down to punish Manafort for confessing to a slew of crimes, including money laundering and obstruction of justice, stemming from his years of lobbying for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine and then trying to cover up his illicit acts.

Manafort, who turns 70 years old on April 1 and spent decades living large while working for authoritarian leaders around the world, appeared in Jackson’s court dressed in a dark suit and confined to a wheelchair because of his poor health.

 

Reading from a prepared statement, Manafort begged to not be given any more hard time and promised he has “already begun to change” his ways.

 

“Please let my wife and I be together. Please do not take away any longer than the 47 months,” Manafort said, his wife seated behind him in the packed courtroom. “If not for me, then for my family.”

Jackson was not convinced.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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