Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager of US President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to an additional 43-month sentence. The Washington district court found him guilty on Wednesday of accepting secret overseas payments and not registering as a lobbyist for a foreign government. He was also found guilty of witness intimidation. The sentence is actually 73 months, 30 of which would be charged with 47 months’ imprisonment, to which he was convicted last week in a lawsuit in Virginia for tax evasion and bank fraud. Manafort must therefore go to prison for seven and a half years.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson made it clear that in this case it was not about alleged illegal collusion of the Trump election campaign with Russia. In this respect, their verdict also provides no clarification for the investigation of the Russia affair, which is the focus of special investigator Robert Mueller. Regarding Manafort’s individual conspiracy, the judge said that if overseas payments were obscured, it posed a threat to democracy. Jackson pointed out that, since Manafort rejected the charge of intimidation, he continued that he was not completely honest.
The 69-year-old longtime lobbyist and political advisor, who has been in custody since June last year, pleaded guilty to the United States conspiracy. Before the sentence was pronounced Manafort, who appeared in a wheelchair in court, first remorse.
The prosecution had previously doubted that he was capable of change. She recalled that he was the head of a plot in which he received $ 50 million over a period of more than ten years from a Russian-backed politician in Ukraine and a Russian oligarch surrounding Vladimir Putin. Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said that Manafort’s activity was destructive; he undermined American ideals. He had the choice to represent the United States or foreign governments. He had opted for the latter.