Ex-Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

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Manafort was found guilty on two counts of bank fraud, five counts of tax fraud and one count of failing to declare a foreign bank account.

In their sentencing memo last month, Mueller's office recommended a term of 19.5 years to 24.5 years in prison for the "millions of dollars involved in the defendant's crimes, the duration of his criminal conduct, or the sophistication of his schemes". After Manafort botched his cooperation agreement in the Washington case, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson may decide that Manafort should serve the sentences concurrently or consecutively - a decision that will come in Manafort's second hearing on March 13. It was a far cry from Manafort's usual dapper appearance and stylish garb.

He also talked about how the case has been hard for himself and his family.

Manafort said the "media frenzy" surrounding the case had taken a toll on him, but that he hopes "to turn the notoriety into a positive and show who I really am". "My life -personally and professionally-is in shambles". None of his comments caught more attention than the ones questioning Mueller's intentions in prosecuting Manafort. He has been jailed leading up to his sentencing.

Prosecutors alleged during his trial that Manafort used offshore bank accounts to hide tens of millions of dollars from Ukrainian politicians from the Internal Revenue Service. "I concluded that it was legitimate" for the special counsel to charge Manafort with financial crimes, Ellis said. Ellis rejected those efforts.

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Manafort separately pleaded guilty in D.C. federal court in September to two counts involving a range of criminal conduct as part of a plea deal with Mueller's team.

Manafort also still faces sentencing in the District of Columbia in a separate case related to illegal lobbying.

Manafort was also present at a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign staff and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer promising "dirt" on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Before being sentenced, Manafort spoke for around four minutes. Now we wonder whether President Trump will issue a pardon.

But Mueller's team said that even though Manafort agreed to cooperate with their investigation, he lied to them about the nature of his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence.

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That meeting at Trump Tower has become the centrepiece of the Special Counsel's investigation into the campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation. They do not directly address Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

The crimes for Manafort was convicted did not directly relate to the 2016 election.

Thursday's sentencing in Virginia is just one of two Manafort faces.

The two-week trial at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., featured boxes of evidence and testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including Manafort's former right-hand man, Rick Gates.

Ellis had faced criticism by some in the legal community for comments he made during the trial that were widely interpreted as biased against the prosecution. CNN's Evan Perez described them as "astonished" when Ellis handed down this sentence.

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