Trump ex-campaign chief Manafort indicted for mortgage fraud

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President Donald Trump made a similar claim after Manafort's first sentencing in Virginia.

Blumenthal said, "Looking at the totality of what he did, and the totality of the sentences, both last week and now, Paul Manafort caught a break".

The charges include 16 counts of state felonies, which would put Manafort behind bars for up to an additional two decades if convicted. The sentencing Wednesday marks at least a temporary end to a 17-month legal saga that's played out since Manafort's arrest and which became one of the highest profile prosecutions to arise from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion between the Kremlin and members of Trump's campaign team.

Shortly after his sentencing, a NY grand jury accused Manafort of 16 counts of mortgage fraud to obtain bank loans.

In a plea cut in September 2018, Manafort admitted to money laundering, tax fraud and illegal foreign lobbying connected to his years of lucrative work for Ukrainian politicians, as well as defrauding banks to supplement his income with cash through mortgages.

Jackson ruled on February 13 that Manafort had breached his agreement in the Washington case to cooperate with Mueller's office by lying to prosecutors about three matters pertinent to the Russia probe including his interactions with a business partner they have said has ties to Russian intelligence.

But Jackson noted that she must factor in the common conduct in the two cases and signaled early the complexity of that decision.

But the federal judge had a harsh response to his request for leniency. The president can pardon federal crimes, but not state offenses. After he pled guilty, he said, Manafort then lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a grand jury even though he had agreed to cooperate.

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"I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today", he said, speaking from a wheelchair. She gave him credit for the nine months he has already spent in prison, reducing the term facing him to 81 months - a little under seven years.

But as Manhattan DA Cy Vance's move against Manafort on Wednesday showed, state prosecutors are in many ways a law unto themselves.

Both cases stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian election meddling in the 2016 USA elections.

During Wednesday's hearing, Jackson ruled that Manafort should get a tougher sentence because he acted in a leadership role, directing others to participate in a crime.

"The defendant is not public enemy number one", she said.

Manafort, 69, apologized to "all those negatively affected by my actions", saying he was remorseful and regretted his actions and acknowledging he did not make that point before Judge T.S. Ellis III in Virginia last week.

Manafort's sentence stemmed from his guilty plea for lobbying on behalf of a pro-Russian Ukrainian political figure without declaring the work, making it a key part of Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Mueller is expected to soon conclude his investigation in a confidential report to the Justice Department.

Sentence came a week after a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia sentenced Manafort to just 47 months in prison for bank fraud, tax fraud and additional financial crimes, citing his "otherwise blameless" life.

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