Today is not a good day to be former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort. Following a court appearance yesterday, he’ll now spend more than seven years in federal prison. Manafort was sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy and witness tampering in a DC federal court. The total prison time includes 47 months in the sentence that Manafort received in a separate Virginia case last week.
In the DC case, federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson stressed that Manafort is neither public enemy number-one, nor a victim. But she also said it’s hard to overstate the number of lies, the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved in the case. She argued that Manafort's fraud wasn't to support his family but to live a lavish lifestyle.
Before sentencing, Manafort accepted full responsibility and said he is “sorry” and ashamed. He noted that he’ll soon turn 70 and made a plea for leniency so he can be with his wife. Jackson replied, "Saying 'I'm sorry I got caught' is not an inspiring plea for leniency."
When President Trump was asked about the possibility of a pardon for Manafort during a White House press op yesterday, he replied that he has “not even given it a thought as of this moment.”
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