Cohen’s former lawyer ask about pardon

Cohen's former lawyer ask about pardon

More than a year after special counsel Robert Mueller secured an 18-count indictment against Paul Manafort on charges related to tax and bank fraud, the sentencing hearing for the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump is underway in Virginia Thursday afternoon.

08 Mart 2019 - 02:00

More than a year after special counsel Robert Mueller secured an 18-count indictment against Paul Manafort on charges related to tax and bank fraud, the sentencing hearing for the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump is underway in Virginia Thursday afternoon.

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Arriving at court this afternoon, a wheelchair-bound Manafort donned a green jumpsuit with a cane in hand. He managed to stand up under his own weight when U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis entered the courtroom.

A Virginia-based jury found Manafort, 69, guilty on eight of those counts after a lengthy trial in August, setting the stage for a hefty prison term.

(MORE: Manafort found guilty on 8 counts in tax fraud trial)

In court documents filed last month, the special counsel's office agreed with the findings of an independent pre-sentence report, which calculated that Manafort's crimes called for a prison sentence of up to 25 years.

But Manafort's future ultimately lies in the hands of Judge Ellis, who will level a sentence Thursday afternoon after consulting a flurry of court documents filed in recent weeks by both Mueller's office and Manafort's defense team.

(MORE: Special counsel supports hefty prison term for onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort)

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Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, Feb. 28, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

The special counsel is seeking a sentence that "reflects the seriousness of these crimes," which prosecutors characterized as "longstanding and bold," according to court documents filed last month. In response, defense counsel for Manafort sought a term "substantially below" sentencing guidelines, citing their client's age and health.

(MORE: To judge in Manafort trial, courtroom is 'Rome' and he is 'Caesar')

Regardless of Ellis' decision, Manafort's legal travails are far from over. He faces another sentencing next week in Washington. He pleaded guilty to those additional charges from the special counsel in September.

Manafort, a longtime lobbyist and Republican political operative, was Trump's campaign chairman from May to August 2016.

(MORE: Paul Manafort should face sentence 'substantially below' 10-year maximum: Defense counsel)

If sentenced to prison, Manafort's former boss could be his saving grace. In November, Trump told the New York Post that though a pardon for Manafort had never been discussed, he "wouldn't take it off the table."


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