Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

Posted at 4:07 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 19:07:52-05

UPDATE (4:05 p.m.) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians.

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

A jury last year convicted Manafort on eight counts, concluding that he hid from the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars he earned from his work in Ukraine.

Federal sentencing guidelines had called for a term of roughly 20 years, but few observers had expected he would receive a sentence that long.

Manafort still faces sentencing in the District of Columbia, where he pleaded guilty in a separate case connected to illegal lobbying.


(12:58 p.m.) – Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, faces up to 24 years in prison when he’s sentenced Wednesday for multiple financial crimes.

The sentencing comes after a federal jury in Virginia found Manafort guilty of failing to report $16.5 million in consulting fees for the Ukrainian government.

The Justice Department claims Manafort “repeatedly and brazenly violated the law.” The 69-year-old cut a deal but lost it for lying and “witness tampering while on bail.”

Next week in Washington, Manafort faces another 10 years on similar charges, none of which are connected to the Trump campaign.

Meanwhile, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen delayed reporting to prison to finish testifying privately about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Russia during the 2016 campaign.

On Wednesday, Cohen reportedly presented documents to prove the president’s lawyers tried to change his testimony. NBC News has not yet reviewed those documents.

One of Mr. Trump’s attorneys, Jay Sekulow, calls Cohen’s allegation “completely false.”