Ex-Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort jailed

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Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, will appear in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, after a prosecution that left his reputation in tatters, his fortune depleted and his health deteriorating.

Seven months ago, a jury convicted President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in a bank and tax fraud trial that grabbed the national spotlight.

Judge T.S. Ellis III imposed the sentence Thursday, capping the only jury trial following indictments stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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Manafort was convicted in August of five counts of filing false income tax returns, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to report a foreign bank account.

He is still facing additional years in prison from another case: After his conviction in Virginia, Manafort pleaded guilty in Washington to foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

At a February 13 hearing in Washington, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing said it was important that the allegation of Kilimnik's "known ties to Russian intelligence be countered, and be countered in a balanced manner". Reporters said the last two years have been "difficult" and that he's been "shamed", and he asked the judge for compassion.

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In their response released Tuesday, prosecutors tried to explain to the court why Manafort should not receive a sentence less than commensurate with his crimes, reiterating his criminal conduct and arguing he should receive no credit for pleading guilty in Washington, D.C.

At a sentencing hearing, Manafort reportedly wore a green jumpsuit and was in a wheelchair, and he spoke to the court and told the judge, "I know it is my conduct that brought me here". The special counsel's office added that the former campaign manager "blames everyone from the special counsel's office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices".

Prosecutors have said the work in Ukraine was on behalf of politicians who were closely aligned with Russian Federation, though Manafort had insisted his work helped those politicians distance themselves from Russian Federation and align with the West.

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"Manafort suggests, for example, that but for the appointment of the special counsel's office, he would not have been charged in connection with hiding more than $55 million overseas, failing to pay more than $6 million in taxes and defrauding three financial institutions of more than $25 million dollars", Mueller added. "My life is professionally and financially in shambles". He will be sentenced in his case in D.C. next week.

Poorly redacted court filings show that Manafort and Kilimnik discussed polling data related to Trump's campaign, raising the possibility that they may have served as a conduit between Trump and the Kremlin. The sentencing guideline range for Manafort is 210 months to 262 months, or 17 1/2 to almost 22 years.

Prosecutors argued during the hearing that despite giving 50 hours worth of interviews during his period of cooperation, Manafort did not inform them of anything useful.

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The trial highlighted that Manafort pushed unsuccessfully for an executive at one of those banks get position in President Trump's Cabinet.

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