Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

Paul Manafort was sentenced to nearly four years in jail in a courtroom in Alexandria Va. Thursday

Paul Manafort was sentenced to nearly four years in jail in a courtroom in Alexandria Va. Thursday

His conviction in August on eight counts involving hiding a foreign bank account and tax and bank fraud are not tied to the president or Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

The sentencing hearing on Thursday will focus on the financial crimes Manafort committed when he hid millions in offshore accounts in Cyprus and elsewhere while failing to report income to the Internal Revenue Service.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Manafort deliberately lied about his contacts with Kilimnik, calling it an "attempt to shield his Russian conspirator from liability" and saying it raised "legitimate questions about where his loyalties lie".

He asked the judge, T.S. Ellis, for "compassion", and said "To say that I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement".

Judge Ellis also said Manafort was "not before the court for any allegations that he, or anyone at his direction, colluded with the Russian Government to influence the 2016 election".

Manafort faces sentencing in a separate case in Washington on March 13 on two conspiracy charges to which he pleaded guilty last September.

Wearing a green jail uniform with the words "ALEXANDRIA INMATE" in block letters on the back, Manafort entered the Eastern District of Virginia courtroom in a wheelchair.

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

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Mr Trump's campaign co-chair Rick Gates, who was a business partner of Manafort and testified against him in court, is also awaiting sentence. "My life is professionally and financially in shambles".

Manafort's decisions, Mueller's team said, "were his own and his efforts at misdirection are further proof that he has not accepted responsibility for his criminal conduct". "The defendant blames everyone from the special counsel's office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices", the prosecutor wrote.

Ellis repeatedly interrupted prosecutors, told them to stop using the word "oligarch" to describe people associated with Manafort because it made him seem "despicable", and objected to pictures of Manafort's luxury items they planned to show jurors. Manafort's lawyers have sought a sentence significantly below the guidelines, based on a number of factors.

Ex-Trump aide Cohen was recently sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes that include tax fraud and hush-money payments to two women Trump allegedly had affairs with in violation of campaign finance laws, as well as lying to the Congress. But the longtime lobbyist was found guilty by a jury in federal court in Virginia of evading taxes and misleading banks, after which he admitted to related conduct in D.C. federal court.

The trial highlighted that Manafort pushed unsuccessfully for an executive at one of those banks get position in President Trump's Cabinet.

For their part, Manafort's lawyers seek mercy for a man once considered one of America's premier political consultants, advising four US presidents and working around the world.

Donald Trump's presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been jailed for almost four years.

"It isn't a crime to have a lot of money and be profligate in your spending", Ellis told prosecutors.

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