Paul Manafort sentenced

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2:17 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Manafort is not "public enemy No. 1," judge says

Judge Amy Berman Jackson is addressing the court right now.

In her remarks about Paul Manafort, she said "the defendant is not public enemy No. 1. He’s not a victim either."

Jackson went on to say "the briefing and the argument — to a lesser extent today" has been marked by "hyperbole" and intensity.

An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the Berman said Manafort is "not victim No. 1."

11:26 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Judge says today's sentencing "will not incriminate anyone" 

At the top of her remarks, Judge Amy Berman Jackson was quick to say that today's sentencing "will not incriminate anyone" in the ongoing investigation. 

"Any conspiracy, collusion... was not presented in this case," she said. "Therefore it was not resolved by this case."
11:23 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Court is back in session

Court has resumed after a short recess.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson took the bench at 11:20 a.m. ET.

10:58 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Now, the court is taking a break

Paul Manafort just wrapped up his statement.

The court is taking a break now. We'll let you know when the hearing starts again.

10:57 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Manafort asks judge: "Please let my wife and I be together"

Paul Manafort spoke about his family during his statement to the judge.

"Your honor, I will be 70 years old in a few weeks," he said, mentioning that his wife in 66 and he is her primary caregiver.

"Please let my wife and I be together," he said.

He asked that he not be apart from his wife "longer than the 47 months imposed last week."

10:53 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Manafort tells the court: "I am sorry for what I've done"

Paul Manafort has begun his allocution, and it started with an apology. 

"I am sorry for what I've done," he told the court.

Manafort has a prepared statement with him, and he has put on his glasses. He remains seated in his wheelchair.

"Let me be very clear, I accept the responsibility for the acts that caused me to be here today," he said. "While I cannot undo the past, I can assure the future will be very different."

Manafort said he is upset with himself "for these personal failures" and said his time in jail over the last nine months have helped him reflect.

"My behavior in the future will be very different. I have already begun to change," he said.

10:46 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Manafort lawyer says if it wasn't for the 2016 election, he doesn't think they would be there today 

Kevin Downing, a lawyer for Paul Manafort, said during arguments "but for" the 2016 election, he doesn't believe they would be in this situation today. 

"It can be very harsh. The media attention that comes along with it. The political [situation] is so unreal," Downing said. "Everybody's going nuts over this."

Downing mentioned "political motivations" around the case, and said he wants the court to consider the media and political whirlwhind outside when sentencing.

"But for" the 2016 election, he doesn't think they'd be there today.

10:39 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Officials "at the highest level" of the US government knew about Manafort's activities, his lawyer says

The defense team has begun its sentencing arguments.

Kevin Downing, one of Paul Manafort's lawyers, brought up the "sealed" part of the Manafort's interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, who was one of his closest business contacts and a Russia-based political operative. Downing again talked about their interactions with the US State Department in Ukraine.

His notice about the foreign lobbying activities "was out there," Downing said. 

Judge Amy Berman Jackson asked if only Kilimnik was in touch with State Department in Kiev. Downing said no — Manafort was, too. 

Officials "at the highest level" of the US government knew about Manafort's activities, he said.

10:31 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Manafort will address the court

Paul Manafort will address the court, his lawyers said.

He will "show he is truly sorry for violating the law" his lawyer Kevin Downing said.