He’s not the least bit sorry. If he were sorry he’d tell the truth and cooperate. He got what he deserves: time behind BARS! 🙂 He was convicted of financial crimes, as I expect tRump also will be in due course!
Excerpts from the Article:
Paul Manafort, the man who helped guide Donald Trump to the presidency, was sentenced to a total of more than seven years in federal prison on Wednesday after a judge added 43 months to the sentence he received in another case last week. The pair of prison sentences marks the end of Manafort’s abrupt transformation from a globe-trotting political operative with mansions and lavish clothing to a frail-looking gray-haired inmate in a wheelchair who, in his own words, had been “humiliated” by his changed circumstances.
Manafort, speaking from his wheelchair, told the judge: “I want to say to you now that I am sorry for what I’ve done.”
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson appeared unpersuaded and delivered a withering rebuke from the bench. She said Manafort had spent much of his career “gaming the system,” that he cheated taxpayers so he could maintain an extravagant lifestyle, and that he remained unrepentant despite his apology. “Saying I’m sorry I got caught is not an inspiring plea for leniency,” she said.
A federal judge in Virginia sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison last week for a scheme to defraud banks and taxpayers out of millions of dollars. Jackson added more than three years to that in the related case in Washington, where he faced a maximum of 10 years after pleading guilty to two conspiracy charges. She also ordered him to spend three years on federal supervision when he is freed and to pay $6 million in restitution. The nine months he has already spent in jail will count toward his sentence.
Her decision brings Manafort’s total prison sentence to 7½ years.
“It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved,” Jackson said.
Minutes after she finished sentencing Manafort, state prosecutors in New York announced that they had filed charges of their own against Manafort, including counts of mortgage fraud and conspiracy. The new indictment means Manafort’s legal troubles will not end with the prison term imposed Wednesday, and because they were filed by state authorities, they are beyond the reach of a pardon from Trump.
Jackson said Manafort’s crimes were aimed at propping up an “opulent” lifestyle that included “more homes than one family can occupy and more suits than one man can wear.” And she blasted Manafort for concealing his activities from the government and for lying to federal investigators after promising to cooperate with them.
“If people don’t have the facts, democracy can’t work,” she said.
Jackson also is presiding over the case of Roger Stone, another Trump adviser indicted as part of the Mueller investigation. Last month, Jackson found herself in the national spotlight after a picture of her next to what appeared to be cross hairs was posted on Stone’s Instagram account.