Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asks for mercy at his sentencing

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asks for mercy at his sentencing

Trump's former confidant was convicted in August 2018 of eight counts of tax evasion and bank fraud.

Manafort's trial past year documented his career as an worldwide lobbyist whose profligate spending habits were part of the evidence showing he'd cheated the Internal Revenue Service out of $6 million by hiding $16 million in income.

While he faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in the Washington case, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson potentially could stack that on top of the sentence imposed in the Virginia case, rather than allowing the sentences to run concurrently. Manafort, 69, could receive as much as 24 years in prison for eight felonies, including hiding $55 million overseas, cheating the USA out of more than $6 million in taxes and defrauding banks that lent him money. "These guidelines are quite high", Ellis said.

In their response released Tuesday, prosecutors tried to explain to the court why Manafort should not receive a sentence less than commensurate with his crimes, reiterating his criminal conduct and arguing he should receive no credit for pleading guilty in Washington, D.C.

He also talked about how the case has been hard for himself and his family. Manafort, who opted not to testify during his trial, told the court that "to say I have been humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement". "My life -personally and professionally-is in shambles".

FILE - In this December 11, 2017, file photo, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington.

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".

In reality, they said, he was under Justice Department investigation before Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017.

US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump

The case was one of two Mueller prosecutions of Manafort. Manafort's conviction at trial was a major win for Mueller - the only official certification from an impartial group of citizens that Mueller had uncovered major crime. However, in the proceedings in D.C. over the breach of his plea deal, there have been hints at what in Manafort Mueller's team see as being at the "heart" of their probe.

Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort could be set to receive a decades-long prison sentence for tax and bank fraud.

The sentencing hearing for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has begun in Virginia with the 69-year-old entering the courtroom in a wheelchair.

"The Special Counsel's attempt to vilify Mr. Manafort as a lifelong and irredeemable felon is beyond the pale and grossly overstates the facts before this court", his lawyers wrote in their sentencing memo.

The US president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has filed a lawsuit against the Trump's Organisation LLC in New York State Court in Manhattan stating that it failed to cover all legal expenses when Cohen was recruited by the company, court records stated.

He has used his presentencing court filings to ask Ellis for leniency and to argue that he is sorry, with the hope that his sentence will be light and he can live abiding by the law if he is released.

In the case in Virginia, Judge Ellis showed some antagonism towards Mueller's prosecutors.

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