WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There was no bespoke suit, no ostrich-skin jacket and no titanium watch.
There was just a 69-year-old man in a green prison jumpsuit stamped with “Alexandria Inmate.”
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Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, rolled into a Virginia courthouse in a wheelchair for sentencing on Thursday after being found guilty of bank and tax fraud in a trial last year that turned him into a model of Washington lobbyist excess.
The federal judge in the case, T.S. Ellis, sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison. The judge noted that Manafort’s time already served would be subtracted from the sentence. Manafort has been jailed since June 2018.
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Prosecutors had cited federal sentencing guidelines that called for 19-1/2 to 24 years in prison, while Manafort pleaded for the judge’s mercy.
Like Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, Manafort was a hired gun who entered Trump’s orbit, did his bidding, drew the attention of prosecutors and came out shattered.
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“To say I have been humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement,” Manafort told the judge on Thursday, his formerly brown hair noticeably grayer than months ago. He said his life was “professionally and financially in shambles.”
That came from a man who “believed the law did not apply to him,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye told the jury at the beginning of Manafort’s trial last year.
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Before joining the Trump campaign in 2016, Manafort had built a reputation as a Washington power player. He lobbied on behalf of foreign leaders – some of...
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