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Manafort's lawyers asked for a sentence lighter than the potential maximum of 24 years. Manafort, 69, could receive as much as 24 years in prison for eight felonies, including hiding $55 million overseas, cheating the US out of more than $6 million in taxes and defrauding banks that lent him money.

"Manafort chose repeatedly and knowingly to violate the law - whether the laws proscribed garden-variety crimes such as tax fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and bank fraud, or more esoteric laws that he nevertheless was intimately familiar with, such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)", Mueller's memo read.

Manafort's lawyers also noted their client admitted he was guilty of the other 10 charges of fraud that resulted in a hung jury in his Virginia trial and that he agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation as part of a plea deal to avoid a second trial on separate charges brought by Mueller in the District of Columbia.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis imposed the sentence of 47 months in prison on Manafort, 69, during the hearing in Alexandria, Virginia.

While not apologizing for his actions, Manafort had asked Ellis for "compassion".

They are expected to tell the judge Manafort is remorseful and that the sentencing guidelines cited by prosecutors call for a prison term disproportionate to the offenses he committed.

Manafort, who has been dealing with health issues, looked unwell as he entered the courtroom in a wheelchair.

Manafort was accused of hiding tens of millions of dollars from the U.S. tax authorities which were paid as consulting fees for the work he did over the years for Russian-backed Ukrainian politicians. If not, Waxman said, then today's verdict is "definitely a victory for Paul Manafort and for President Trump".

Attorney Kevin Downing arrives at the Federal Court for the sentencing of his client, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Still, prosecutors sprinkled tantalizing clues in court filings about Manafort's interactions with an associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, linked by Mueller to a Russian intelligence service.

Manafort said the "media frenzy" surrounding the case had taken a toll on him, but that he hopes "to turn the notoriety into a positive and show who I really am".

Manafort, a longtime lobbyist and Republican political operative, was Trump's campaign chairman from May to August 2016.

At the outset of the hearing, Ellis addressed the larger special counsel investigation, saying Manafort was not convicted "for anything to do with Russian colluding in the presidential election".

Mueller is preparing to submit to U.S. Attorney General William Barr a report on his investigation into whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Even after his trial and guilty plea, Manafort's legal team had an unusual arrangement with Trump's legal team that gave Trump's team insight into the questions Mueller's team was pursuing.

Prosecutors laid out their arguments against Manafort last August, charging that he defrauded banks and the US government by skirting millions of dollars in federal taxes.


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