Paul Manafort set to appear in Alexandria court to prepare for sentencing

Geneva Stokes
October 20, 2018

Ellis said he would consider granting leniency to Manafort either before or after his sentencing, depending on when his cooperation ends and whether prosecutors ask him to do so.

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who recently agreed to cooperate fully in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia-related investigation, appeared in an Alexandria, Virginia courtroom today in a wheelchair.

The reporter added: "It's one issue that his lawyer Kevin Downing had raised saying he hoped the judge would sentence Manafort as soon as possible..."

A request by the sartorially savvy former political consultant to wear a suit to court for his court appearance on Friday and subsequent dates was slapped down by Virginia federal Judge T.S. Ellis, court filings show.

Manafort is now in detention in an Alexandria jail awaiting sentencing on a host of charges brought by Mueller's prosecutors in two separate jurisdictions as part of his investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 campaign.

Manafort, appearing visibly greyer, was pushed into court in a wheelchair, missing his right shoe. There was a mistrial declared on the ten other charges brought by the special counsel who, as part of the plea agreement, said that they would not retry Manafort on those charges and would dismiss them at sentencing in return for his cooperation.

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Prosecutors and Manafort's lawyers agreed that would be acceptable, and Ellis set the February 8 sentencing date.

That suggests the days and weeks immediately after the November 6 election may be the most pivotal time since Mueller took over the Russian Federation investigation nearly a year and a half ago.

Manafort was convicted of eight tax and bank fraud crimes by a Virginia jury in August.

He faced a separate trial in Washington but pleaded guilty instead to two conspiracy counts.

Manafort has been cooperating with the government, and prosecutors indicated in court today that they are uncertain of when that will be completed.

Manafort's argument to the judge, according to Scannell, did not seem to work as planned. That report will help recommend a guideline range so that Judge Ellis can determine what sentence to impose.

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