Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Sentenced to 47 Months in Prison

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Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Sentenced to 47 Months in Prison
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Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Sentenced to 47 Months in Prison
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Former Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced today to 47 months in prison. The sentencing comes after a federal jury in Virginia convicted Manafort on eight counts of bank and tax fraud. Prosecutors say Manafort hid income from the IRS and fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in bank loans.

Manafort was prosecuted as a result of the Special Counsel investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign. The investigation is headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. Manafort is one of multiple individuals close to the president that have been targeted by the investigation.

Fox News reports that the judge in the case rejected the sentencing guidelines of 19 to 24 years in prison, calling the punishment “excessive for this case.” Manafort will be receiving credit toward his sentence for the 9 months of time he has already served behind bars. In addition to his prison sentence, the judge also imposed a $50,000 fine.

Manafort is still awaiting sentencing in a separate case. Following his trial and conviction in Virginia, Manafort pleaded guilty to charges of lobbying violations and witness tampering in Washington. Mueller’s team is reportedly requesting a sentence from the judge of 24 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

Critics of the Special Counsel investigation note that none of the individuals involved in President Trump’s 2016 campaign have been charged with any crimes relating to collusion with Russia, which was the original purpose of the investigation. President Trump has repeatedly suggested that Manafort was targeted for prosecution simply as a result of his involvement with the 2016 campaign. Many have predicted that the president will ultimately pardon Manafort.

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