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Manafort will receive a second sentence next week from a different federal judge for the two crimes he pleaded guilty to previous year, witness tampering and conspiracy related to his illegal Ukrainian lobbying and money laundering.

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 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. Mueller is likely to save those conclusions for his final report on the Russian Federation investigation.

He then began a prolific lobbying career for pro-Kremlin politicians in Ukraine, especially former president Viktor Yanukovych. He'll be sentenced there on March 13.

During Manafort's trial, much of the damaging testimony against him was provided by his former deputy Rick Gates, who is awaiting sentencing after reaching a plea agreement with the Special Counsel's office.

"The defendant blames everyone from the Special Counsel's Office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices", prosecutors said.

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 turns 70 years old on April 1. They later began work for a party known as the Opposition Bloc, and the two men discussed polling data about a Ukrainian candidate as late as 2018 - after the Manafort indictment.

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Prosecutors stated that Manafort "poses a serious risk of recidivism", noting his "lies to the government and grand jury are aggravating factors and an additional basis for the denial of any reduction for the acceptance of responsibility".

At a sentencing hearing, Manafort reportedly wore a green jumpsuit and was in a wheelchair, and he spoke to the court and told the judge, "I know it is my conduct that brought me here". Manafort, according to the filing, still owes the U.S. Treasury over $6 million. Those types of interactions were routine for American officials trying to keep abreast of local developments, according to Michael Carpenter, a former National Security Council and State Department official focused on Russian Federation. "I ask you to be compassionate". Mueller's prosecutors have so far not taken a position on what Manafort's sentence should be, although they are expected to weigh in during the Washington hearing on whether the sentences should be concurrent or consecutive.

He was convicted last summer of hiding millions of dollars of income from his political consulting in Ukraine.

Manafort, in addition to Trump's campaign, worked on the White House bids of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and Bob Dole.

In court papers, defense lawyers say Manafort is suffering from gout and poor health.

In arguing for a lighter sentence, Manafort's attorneys said he has been "devastated personally, professionally and financially".

He will face sentencing on a separate case in Washington DC next week.


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