Trump today: Paul Manafort jailed

Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

He initially avoided a second trial after reaching a plea agreement with the Mueller investigation, but that fell apart when prosecutors persuaded a judge that Manafort had been lying rather than co-operating. It was not related to Manafort's role in Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Manafort asked the judge for mercy at his sentencing for a host of financial crimes - conduct that could now earn the once high-flying political consultant years in prison.

"Manafort chose repeatedly and knowingly to violate the law - whether the laws proscribed garden-variety crimes such as tax fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and bank fraud, or more esoteric laws that he nevertheless was intimately familiar with, such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)", Mueller's memo read.

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

Most of the tens of millions of dollars Manafort was accused of hiding from the USA tax authorities were paid as consulting fees for work he did for Russian-backed Ukranian politicians between 2004 and 2014.

In a filing with the judge, they said Manafort is "truly remorseful" and is in poor health after spending the past nine months in prison.

The sentencing guidelines for Manafort's crimes call for between 19 and 24 years in prison but his defence attorneys have urged Judge Ellis to impose a "substantially" lower jail term.

Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for for bank fraud, tax fraud and other financial crimes. Prosecutors have said the work in Ukraine was on behalf of politicians who were closely aligned with Russian Federation, though Manafort has insisted his work helped those politicians distance themselves from Russian Federation and align with the West.

The Virginia case was the first trial of charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether there was coordination or collusion by the Trump campaign.

Manafort's trial a year ago 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. He says he hopes to have an opportunity "to show the world who I know I really am".

Mueller's office did not take kindly to those claims, firing back in a court filing on Tuesday that they were at "odds with acceptance of responsibility". Manafort had pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts in the case.

However, the government can not "be sure of the full extent of Manafort's assets", because he never submitted a financial statement to any court, which prosecutors pointed out is "yet another example that he has failed to accept responsibility".

Manafort was also present at a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign staff and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer promising "dirt" on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "His criminal actions were bold, some of which were committed while under a spotlight due to his work as the campaign chairman and, later, while he was on bail from this court".

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