Paul Manafort sentenced
Paul Manafort’s full sentence is seven and a half years between the two courts. It appears he will get credit for time served and for good behavior, which will likely shorten that sentence.
Here’s how it breaks down:
- In Virginia, he was sentenced to 47 months.
- In DC, he was sentenced to 73 months.
- The first 30 months will be served concurrently. He then will have 17 months from Virginia and an additional 43 months from DC sentencing to serve consecutively.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered Paul Manafort to serve an additional 43 months in prison, on top of his sentence he received last week from the court in Virginia.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson is now correcting statements made about Paul Manafort's solitary confinement, which was a significant feature of his allocution today.
She said he was in jail not for violating the gag order, but because he broke the bail by breaking the law after his arrest.
Jackson reminded the court he was first sent to Northern Neck Regional Jail, saying she was concerned about how far that jail was, but then Manafort's team asked for that location. Then he was moved to Alexandria because of their complaints.
She said Manafort "realized the tactic had backfired immediately." He was in a self-contained ("VIP") suite in Northern Neck, Jackson added.
"I'm not going to split hairs over whether the word solitary was accurate because he had a room of his own," Jackson said.
"It was this disingenuous by the part of the defense and repeated the term over and over ... for public sympathy ..." she added.
What Manafort's detention quarters looks like now: Now he's in protective confinement, not technically solitary. He has a window, radio, newspapers and view of TV. He's released for a few hours a day to walk around and be with other people
"Mr. Manafort, I don't want to belittle or minimize the discomforts of prison for you. It's hard on everyone, young and old, rich or poor," she said.
Jackson noted she hasn't received doctors orders about his health issues.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson is now calling out the defense's memo, which stated that the special counsel was never able to charge Russian collusion (this was their approach to the sentencing memo).
"It's hard to understand why an attorney would write that," she said about Manafort's defense team's approach. "No collusion" is "simply a non-sequitur."
The judge said Manafort's argument about the Russia investigation won't affect her sentence.
"The defendant's insistence" that this shouldn't have happened to him "is just one more thing that's inconsistent with the notion of any genuine acceptance of responsibility," Jackson said.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson took issue with one of the points noted by Paul Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing earlier today.
Citing Downing's words — that but for the special counsel, Manafort wouldn't have been charged in the first place — Jackson said, "Saying 'I'm sorry I got caught' is not an inspiring plea for leniency."
Jackson talked about how Manafort may not have been repeating some points for the person he was trying to persuade as she put her hands on her chest and not for "some other audience."
Judge Amy Berman Jackson says she does believe Paul Manafort was sincere today when he spoke about his family and their suffering throughout this ordeal.
Manafort "stepped up in extraordinary ways" to help a niece as a surrogate father. She said this character factors in today's sentencing, too.
Jackson then cited the key parts of Manafort's defense pleading before sentencing, specifically when his defense team wrote, "Mr. Manafort spent his life advancing American ideals and principles."
"There aren't really any exhibits or letters that go along with that," she said, assessing that argument.
"He does, though, appear to have brought real skill, structure, to the latest campaign," Jackson said, crediting him for the Trump campaign.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson expressed that she was not happy with how Paul Manafort approached the final stretch of this case.
"Court is one of those places where facts still matter," Jackson said.
She said Manafort has begun to "minimize his conduct and shield others."
Jackson admitted she couldn't tell from an FBI document if Manafort was actually asserting false facts or not.
Jackson believes he's repeating a lie in his sentencing memo.
She went on to say that Manafort believed he had the right to manipulate the court proceedings and that he's made overblown statements about where he was housed in jail when it was his benefit to do so.