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Mar 15, 2019

This Week: Manafort Faces More Prison Time, Indictment In New York

If last week saw Paul Manafort get off easy in a Virginia courtroom, this week saw the former Trump campaign chairman’s legal problems multiply. DC District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to another seven years in prison, though he’ll be allowed to serve his sentence for conspiracy-related charges concurrently with his Virginia sentence. In total, Manafort was ordered to spend some seven-and-a-half years behind bars. The tone of the two hearings couldn’t have been more different. While Virginia District Judge T.S. Ellis praised Manafort as a “generous person” who had lived a relatively “blameless life,” Berman Jackson said he was no “victim.” “It is hard to overstate the number of lies, and the amount of fraud,” she said of Manafort’s conduct. Outside the courthouse, Manafort’s attorneys were loudly heckled by protesters for trying to claim that the back-to-back cases affirmed that “there was absolutely no evidence of any Russian collusion.” Almost as soon as the sentence came down, Manhattan…

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