Müller's investigation linked Paul Manafort to Russia, but what does that mean for Trump and the 2016 presidential campaign?
Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – It was to be the final act in Paul Manafort's bleeding, 17-month odyssey through the criminal justice system. [Wednesday] Negotiation hearing on Wednesday was negotiated for the former chairman of London The campaign of President Donald Trump only contributed to the legal misery of the now convicted criminal.
US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson began her remarks in front of a packed courtroom by calling Manafort a serial "liar," whose "continued disregard" of the law spanned more than a decade. From then on things got worse.
Jackson brutally criticized the former adviser to the Republican presidents, whose lofty lobbying paid for expensive clothing and homes, now convicted of conspiracy, fraud and conspiracy to prevent justice. Then she spent more than three years on a four-year prison sentence, which he received last week in a relative case in Virginia.
And the bad news for Manafort did not stop at the threshold of Jackson's second-floor courtroom.
Even as Manafort, now using a wheelchair for health reasons, was detained in US Marshals, New York. The authorities announced an indictment with 16 charges in which he was charged with mortgage fraud and conspiracy for the same behavior , which was prosecuted by the federal authorities.
The developments on Wednesday clearly showed the danger faced by at least some of the senior figures of Russia's special advocate Robert Mueller. While Müller's investigation comes to an end, prosecutors and prosecutors are in the midst of their own investigations – – many of them are far beyond the borders of Russian intervention in the 2016 elections. Manafort's fate on Wednesday indicated that the danger they are facing is real and at least partially outside Trump's control.
The strategically timed action of the Manhattan district attorney, Cy Vance, would put Manafort out of the reach of a potential pardon if President Donald Trump decides to lift the federal convictions against his former aide.
Trump said on Wednesday he felt "very bad" for Manafort, adding that he did not know the new charges filed in New York. Trump was not immediately on a possible forgiveness.
But just recently, Trump said he had "not taken the chance of forgiveness off the table."
"Why should I take it?" off the table, "Trump told The New York Post in November.
(re) sentenced: Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of 7.5 years in prison: number of lies & # 39;
(re) indicted: Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, who has just been sentenced to federal jail, faces a new indictment in NY indictment
In Manafort's case, the question of such interference by the President has never been particularly far off: just last month, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told Jackson that despite an existing cooperation agreement, Manafort had identified investigators as a possible way to "increase his chances of being pardoned,"
Trump and the bystanders face numerous investigations
in addition to New York State indictments against Manafort Manhattan prosecutors have irregularities in fundraising involving the Trump Inaugural Committee, as well as cash payments made by President Donald Trump Jr. and the Trump Organization CFO, Allen Weisselberg, for women in contact with the President have set.
The Trump Foundation, a charity founded by Trump long before he took office, was also the subject of a separate investigation by the New York Procuratorate. The New York Times Attorney General, New York's Attorney General, has subpoenaed two banks as part of a separate audit of the Trump Organization, the president's large-scale real estate company.
FILE – In this photo from November 2, 2017, Paul Manafort, former election chairman of President Donald Trump, is leaving the Federal District Court in Washington. The 69-year-old manafort is scheduled to appear on Thursday in the US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, where he has been under federal custody for 20 years, but his lawyers have sought a shorter sentence. Manafort was convicted for hiding from the IRS millions of dollars he had earned in his work advising Ukrainian politicians. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik) ORG XMIT: WX101 (Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP)
In addition to countless criminal investigations, several congressional investigations have gained momentum following the recent testimony of a former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who claimed that the president had indirectly advised him to lie to Congress about the Trump organization's efforts to find a lucrative real estate development in Moscow. The lawyer also publicly accused his former boss of increasing the value of his assets in order to obtain bank credit and insurance coverage.
However, the timing of the state's charges against Manafort was particularly remarkable, analysts said.
Patrick Cotter, an office attorney and former federal attorney in New York, described the lawsuit as "Extraordinary."
"It is unusual in the sense that the state usually leaves the state alone," Cotter said The government usually takes a case, "Cotter said," they work with the government officials, so to speak, and come to a global solution that addresses both state and federal issues. "
In Manafort's case, the action seemed to be conceived as a support for a possible pardon by the President Manafort's attorneys would probably try to plead with New York prosecutors for little or no extra time in prison.
"You can only punish a man so often," he said.
Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni declined to comment on New York State's lawsuit.
The lawyers of Manafort did not speak against the new charges.
They condemned Judge Jackson by claiming that the additional 3.5-year sentence had been exaggerated, calling her public reprimand of Manafort's behavior unnecessary.
"The judge showed a sense of dizziness and hostility that I have not seen before," Attorney Kevin Downing said outside the courthouse, where he was partially shouted down by protesters.
Indeed, Jackson's verbal ranting about Manafort was often relentless and struck a decidedly different tone from last week's Verdi verdict in Virginia, where US District Judge TS was Ellis III. Said that the former political representative had lived an "otherwise guiltless life" before imposing a 47-month prison sentence on charges of tax fraud and tax fraud in eight cases.
The prison term meant a dramatic departure from federal guidelines in which a recommended prison sentence was between 19.5 and 24.5 years. Only a handful of federal defendants are sentenced to prison under the guidelines, unless prosecutors so request.
Jackson issued a cautionary reminder claiming that Manafort had spent much of his career "playing the system", lying to government officials and cheating taxpayers of unpaid taxes of more than $ 6 million.
"It's hard to overestimate the number of lies, the amount of fraud, and the extraordinary amount of money," Jackson said before pronouncing a verdict.
Everything the judge had said aimed to make a decision "opulent" lifestyle that "can occupy more houses than a family and wear more suits than a man."
In Manafort 's state. Www.germnews.de/archive/gn/1997/05/16.html In Virginia, the prosecution The prosecution offered the testimony of a witness parade detailing how the seasoned political adviser deposited funds from dozens of foreign bank accounts to buy homes, cars and racks of designer haute couture Berdashers in Manhattan. They showed the jury photos of clothes FBI agents had found in his closet.
As on his last conviction last week, Manafort turned from his wheelchair to the court Wednesday and expressed his remorse.
"The Person I Have Not been described as being someone public I recognize," Manafort said in a rapping voice as a silent courtroom fell silent.
Among the spectators watching the gallery shoulder to shoulder, almost all members of the Müller team – FBI agents, prosecutors, and paralegals – were without Mueller himself.
"Although I know I'm not that person am, I feel shame and embarrassment for the suffering that I have caused to my family, to my friends and to all who are affected by my behavior
"Let me be very clear," he said, "I take the responsibility for the deeds that have come here today. "
In one last appeal, Manafort referred to his currently sitting wife, Kathleen, a few feet behind the defense table and asked that the judge sentenced him to no further prison time than the 47 months that
"Your honor, I will be 70 years old in a few weeks," said Manafort, adding that he remained his wife's janitor. "Please, read Sen be me and my wife together. "
Jackson did not seem to be moved by the emotional portrayal.
"This defendant knew better and he knew exactly what he was doing," the judge said, adding that one can not believe Manafort's apology was genuine.
"If you say I'm sorry I got caught, this is not an inspiring plea for leniency," Jackson said.
Later on Wednesday she added another humiliation when she signed a reversal signing several of his homes and bank accounts to federal agencies. Including an estate in the Hamptons and his apartment in Trump's eponymous New York Tower.
Contribute: John Fritze and Bart Jansen
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