Paul Manafort sentenced
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.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson spoke directly to Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, about foreign lobbying, saying that he was lying directly to Americans and Congress.
"If the people don't have the facts, democracy doesn't work," she said.
Manafort was watching Jackson with no smile, almost sheepishly.
She then moved on to describing the witness tampering offense against Manafort.
Jackson said Manafort "immediately began reaching out to witnesses" involved in Hapsburg group to "remind them" all the work in Europe he did.
"He isn't being straight with me now" about it, she said.
Jackson continued: "He did not plead guilty to contacting witnesses. He pled guilty to conspiring" with his Russian associate Konstantin Kilimnik to contact the witnesses.
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."
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."
Court has resumed after a short recess.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson took the bench at 11:20 a.m. ET.
Paul Manafort just wrapped up his statement.
The court is taking a break now. We'll let you know when the hearing starts again.
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."