The indictment Wednesday came just moments after Manafort was sentenced in Washington, D.C.to more than 3 1/2 additional years in prison, in the second of two federal cases against him.
Following the sentencing, Trump said he feels "very badly" for Manafort and also insisted he's not now considering a pardon, saying: "I have not even given it a thought as of this moment". "I certainly recommend you do it in the District of Columbia", Ellis told him. "I think the court should consider that, too". The New York Times reported that he faces up to an additional 25 years if convicted of state charges.
"No one is beyond the law in NY", the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said.
Neither proceeding was directly related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 president election and potential collusion between the Kremlin and members of Trump's campaign team, although the charges did arise from those probes.
"The "no collusion" refrain that runs through the entire defense memorandum is unrelated to matters at hand", the judge said, before issuing Manafort's sentence.
In court, Downing said the special counsel's involvement in Manafort's case resulted in disparate treatment.
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She said pointedly: "Court is one of those places where facts still matter". She added three-and-a-half years on top of the almost four-year sentence Manafort received last week in a separate case in Virginia, though he'll get credit for nine months already served.
The Ukrainian money was used to support a lifestyle which included purchases of luxury homes and cars, antique rugs, and expensive clothes, including an $18,500 python jacket.
Manafort, 69, was sentenced in Virginia to almost four years in prison for one of his two federal cases.
Jackson could have sentenced Manafort to 5 years in prison on each count, but she opted to tack on a total of 43 months to his previous sentence and give him 9 months off as credit for time served. "The person that I am and have been described in public is not someone I recognize", he said. "But he is not a victim either". "It is hard to overstate the number of lies and amount of money involved", Jackson summarized at one point. Mueller's prosecutors on Tuesday night updated a judge on the status of cooperation provided by one defendant, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and are expected to do the same later in the week for Gates.
Jackson showed little sympathy for the argument by Manafort's lawyers that his failure to disclose lobbying activity on behalf of Ukraine was little more than a paperwork error. He said the Justice Department has brought only about a half dozen cases over FARA violations since the mid-1960s, saying the government's priority through the years had been to bring "more folks in and get filed, not bring criminal prosecutions".
Kevin Downing, an attorney for Manafort, had told the judge earlier that "but for a short stint as a campaign manager in a presidential election, I don't think we'd be here today".
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Manafort's lawyers are likely to argue that prosecutors are piling onto the 69-year-old and that the NY case should be dismissed on double jeopardy grounds.
Still, Jackson questioned whether Manafort had "really accepted responsibility" for contacting witnesses in an attempt to tamper with their testimony.
"For those mistakes, I am remorseful".
Reading from a three-page statement, Manafort asked for mercy and said the criminal charges against him had "taken everything from me already".
She also said Manafort's expression of remorse rang hollow.
His remarks were interrupted by protestors shouting "Liar!"
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She said she believed no laws were broken but that the interactions crossed the line of her prosecutorial discretion. Pat Carney is a former journalist, Conservative MP, cabinet minister and senator, who served 27 years in Parliament.