Paul Manafort now faces a total of 7 1/2 years in prison, following his second sentence on Wednesday, that added 43 months to his first sentence of 47 months.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington D.C. imposed the second sentence. Last month, she determined that Manafort had lied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators about multiple topics, in breach of his plea deal.
Manafort, 69, apologized to the judge from his wheelchair and to “all those negatively affected by my actions.” He acknowledged that he did not express such regret when sentenced on March 7, by Judge T.S. Ellis III of the United States District Court in Alexandria, Va.
Judge Jackson said in remarks about Manafort’s sentence, that both sides engaged in hyperbole and overstatement and that the case before her did not involve allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“This defendant is not public enemy number one, but he is not a victim either,” Jackson said.
She said the question of whether anyone in the Trump campaign “conspired or colluded with” the Russian government was not presented in this case.” For Manafort’s attorneys to emphasize that no such collusion was proven, she said, is “a non-sequitur.”
Manafort, she said, “was hiding the truth of who he represented from policymakers and the public.”
She said it was “antithetical to the very American values he told me he championed.”
Manafort, in his statement, said he was ashamed of his actions. The pain it has caused his family would serve as a future deterrent and asked the court not to impose time beyond the four years he was already sentenced to serve.
He said that nine months in solitary confinement after being jailed when accused of witness tampering gave him “new self-awareness.”
President Donald Trump hasn’t ruled out a possible pardon for Manafort. But even if he wipes Manafort’s record clean of his federal crimes, the Manhattan district attorney’s office has been pursuing a criminal case against Manafort and the president has no pardon power at the state level. Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman from June until August 2016.
In Jackson’s remarks, she said Manafort’s crimes were “not just a failure to comply with some pesky regulations” but “lying to the American people and the American Congress … It is hard to overstate the number of lies and amount of money involved.”
Prosecutor Andrew Weissman said, “His work was corrosive to faith in the political process, both to the United States and abroad. He served to undermine, not promote, American ideals of honesty, transparency and playing by the rules.”
Manafort was depicted by prosecutors as a mastermind of a conspiracy in which he was paid $50 million over more than a decade by a Russian-backed politician and party in Ukraine, and Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch close to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
“His work was corrosive to faith in the political process, both in the United States and abroad,” Weissman said.
He led a sophisticated scheme “to avoid a duty all Americans have” to pay their taxes, Weissman said, hiding wealth in 30 foreign bank accounts containing more than $50 million for his work for the government of Ukraine and Deripaska.
At the start of the hearing, Jackson highlighted that the guideline range for a sentence for Manafort, more than 19 years, was much larger than what she could possibly impose, given a 10-year gap. She also noted that since some of the conduct overlapped with crimes for which Manafort was sentenced in Virginia, she would have to impose at least part of her sentence alongside Manafort’s four-year-term, rather than on top of it.
That’s a high-point finale in the Manafort case. Now all he has to do is serve the time.
Except … the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said Wednesday, that Manafort has been charged in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies. Even if Trump pardons him, he can still face prison time.