facebook linkedin twitter

Manafort Slapped With New Charges Minutes After Sentencing

March 14, 2019 by Dan McCue
Paul Manafort speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. (Patrick T. Fallon/Zuma Press/TNS)

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted on 16 new charges in New York on Wednesday mere minutes after he was sentenced to an additional three-and-a-half more years in prison on federal conspiracy charges.

Manafort’s latest legal woes stem from an alleged residential mortgage fraud scheme that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says netted the once high-flying  political consultant millions.

The indictment unsealed in Manhattan Supreme Court Monday afternoon, accuses Manafort of engaging in a year-long conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud, engaging in a scheme to defraud and falsifying business records.

It was handed down within minutes of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejecting his appeal for no additional time and rebuking him for his crimes and years of lies.

“It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved,” the judge said before handing down a sentence that could result in Manafort spending the next seven years in prison. “There is no question that this defendant knew better and he knew what he was doing.”

Last Thursday, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, presiding in a separate case in Virginia, sentenced Manafort to four years in prison, well below Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recommendation of 19 to 24 years.

Before his sentencing in the federal courthouse in Washington D.C. Wednesday, Manafort read a brief statement in which he said the criminal charges against him have “taken everything from me already — my properties, my cash, my life insurance, my trust accounts for my children and my grandchildren, and more.”

“I am sorry for what I have done and all the activities that have gotten us here today,” Manafort said before adding, “While I cannot undo the past, I will ensure that the future will be very different.”

Prior to Manafort’s statement prosecutor Andrew Weissmann reminded the court that Manafort went to great lengths to conceal his foreign lobbying work and that even while being held in house arrest, coached other witnesses to lie on his behalf.

Weissmann said this behavior is ” evidence that something is wrong with sort of a moral compass.”

Manafort, he said, “served to undermine — not promote — American ideals of honesty, transparency and playing by the rules.”

But Kevin Downing, Manafort’s attorney, said his client was at least in part the victim of media hysteria surrounding Mueller’s ongoing probe into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

“That results in a very harsh process for the defendant,” Downing said. “But for a short stint as campaign manager in a national election, I don’t think we would be here today.”

Jackson sentenced Manafort to three and a half years on top of the four years he was given last week, though it is likely that, like Judge Ellis, she will also give him credit for time served.

In The News

Health

Voting

In The News

August 5, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp
More Than A Third Of Californians In or Near Poverty, Report Says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A recent report says that more than a third of Californians are living below or near the... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A recent report says that more than a third of Californians are living below or near the poverty line, according to the latest available data. Without social safety net programs, the report further says, that figure would have been much higher.  California, the... Read More

Fire Engulfs Northern California Town, Leveling Businesses

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California's largest wildfire has leveled much of the downtown and some surrounding homes in a small... Read More

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California's largest wildfire has leveled much of the downtown and some surrounding homes in a small Northern California mountain community. The Dixie Fire tore through the Greenville on Wednesday evening, destroying businesses and homes as the sky was cast in an orange... Read More

August 5, 2021
by Brock Blasdell
Navajo and Hopi Tribes Push for Equitable Renewable Energies for Northern Arizona

A recently released documentary is showing how the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribes are pushing for equitable and renewable energy... Read More

A recently released documentary is showing how the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribes are pushing for equitable and renewable energy sources for the many people living without electricity in the Black Mesa territory of northern Arizona.  “Local Leadership, Global Change: Navajo Nation & Hopi Tribe,” produced... Read More

US Jobless Claims Down 14,000 to 385,000 as Economy Rebounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week by 14,000 to 385,000, more evidence... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week by 14,000 to 385,000, more evidence that the economy and the job market are rebounding briskly from the coronavirus recession. The Labor Department reported Thursday that unemployment claims — a proxy for... Read More

August 5, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Reveal Huge Financial Losses From US Tech Stolen by Chinese

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee went public Wednesday with the kind of information about China’s use of U.S. technology that... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee went public Wednesday with the kind of information about China’s use of U.S. technology that normally would stay behind the closed doors where clandestine issues are discussed. Select Committee on Intelligence leaders revealed that China’s unauthorized use of technology is costing... Read More

August 5, 2021
by Dan McCue
Biden to Set Goal of 50% Electric Vehicle Sales by 2030

President Joe Biden is expected to announce Thursday that his administration is setting a new national goal for the sale... Read More

President Joe Biden is expected to announce Thursday that his administration is setting a new national goal for the sale of electric vehicles -- wanting half of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2030 to be powered by electricity. The executive order Biden will... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top