On Wednesday, Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, was sentenced to an additional three and a half years in prison on conspiracy charges. Manafort previously faced up to 10 years after pleading guilty to the two charges regarding his failure to disclose lobbying work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Federal District Court in Washington sentenced him to 43 months in prison on top of the 47 months he received for eight counts of tax and bank fraud. The judge in the case from last week, T.S. Ellis, sentenced the former campaign chairman to significantly less time than federal guidelines dictate. Jackson criticized Manafort’s deceit and what she perceived as unwillingness to express genuine remorse and responsibility.
The defendant isn’t public enemy number one. But he's not a victim either," Jackson said. She added that it is "hard to overstate the number of lies, the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved."
“What you were doing was lying to Congress and the American public,” she said, adding that he has displayed a "deliberate effort to obscure the facts."
The 69-year-old Manafort presented himself in front of the judge in a wheelchair and wearing a dark suit. "I know it was my conduct that brought me here today,” he said. “For these mistakes, I am remorseful. I will be 70 years old in a few weeks. My wife is 66. She needs me. I need her.”
The judge stated that Manafort didn't commit fraud to support his family, but to support his lavish lifestyle, buying "more suits than one man can wear."