A federal judge in Washington had earlier ruled that Manafort should spend a total of 7 and a half years in federal prison for financial and lobbying crimes and obstruction of justice in two federal cases brought against him by special counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election. "It's not something that's right now on my mind".
President Donald Trump is falsely asserting that the latest trial of his former campaign chairman proved there was no collusion with Russian Federation. Again, the case did not turn on his leadership of Trump's campaign. Her comments were a sharp contrast from Judge T.S. Ellis's assertion that Manafort "has lived an otherwise blameless life" when he sentenced him to four years in prison last Thursday - far lower than the 19- to 24-year term recommended under the sentencing guidelines. "The "no collusion" mantra is simply a non sequitur". But, he continued, in response to whether he would pardon Manafort, "I have not even given it a thought, as of this moment".
Jackson also considered that he intentionally lied to investigators and under oath before a grand jury about his contact with a Russian associate during the 2016 campaign, breaking his plea agreement.
Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said Manafort had engaged in an extensive cover-up that deceived the US government and the American public, and continued to try to undermine the investigation even after he pleaded guilty. "For these mistakes, I am remorseful". He has not learned a harsh lesson.
In choosing not to register his lobbying work for Ukraine, she said, Manafort was "hiding the truth of who he represented", effectively lying to members of Congress and the American public. "It is hard to overstate the number of lies and amount of money involved", Jackson summarized at one point. After Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, suggested his client would not have been charged if not for Mueller's investigation, Jackson replied, "saying "I'm sorry I got caught" is not an inspiring plea for leniency".
She also said Manafort's expression of remorse rang hollow.
The sentence Manafort received from Jackson was well below the 10 years he could have faced for the two criminal counts to which he pleaded guilty in September 2018.More news: Oil prices stable amid sanctions and OPEC cuts, but economic concerns drag
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The New York Times reported that Manafort's lawyers are likely to challenge the New York indictment by arguing it constitutes double jeopardy for crimes he has already been tried for in federal court. The amount Ellis sentenced him for sparked outrage among attorneys and Democrats last week, who believed Manafort deserved more time.
"That argument falls flat", Jackson said.
Manafort has been jailed since last June when Berman Jackson revoked his house arrest over allegations that he and Kilimnik sought to influence witnesses by trying to get them to testify in a certain way.
Prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney's office had reportedly paused the state's investigation to avoid interfering in Mueller's probe.
Manafort's court appearance came 17 months after the first indictment of Mueller's special counsel investigation brought him in to face a judge and five months after his help to Mueller's investigation fell apart.
According to Vance's indictment, Manafort asked an associate - his longtime business partner Rick Gates and one-time co-defendant - to sign a letter claiming that he bought the tickets.
Gates had been charged alongside Manafort but later pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.