Paul Manafort was sentenced to prison today for convictions stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Here's everything you need to know about today's sentencing:
- The sentence: Manafort, 69, received 47 months —or almost four years — in prison for defrauding banks and the government, and failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars in income he earned from Ukrainian political consulting.
- The restitution: Judge TS Ellis set Manafort's restitution payment in a range from $6 million to almost $25 million because it's not yet clear how much money Manafort will relinquish to the federal government in his forfeiture proceeding.
- What Manafort said: He spoke briefly about how prayer and faith have helped get him through this time and asked Judge TS Ellis "to be compassionate." He told the judge that "the last two years have been the most difficult years for my family and I."
- Prosecutors wanted more time: Prosecutor Greg Andres said Manafort never gave meaningful help during his cooperation with the special counsel's office, despite spending 50 hours together. Prosecutors argued that Manafort deserves between 19 and 25 years in prison.
- What the judge said: Ellis said he thought the sentencing recommendation was "excessive," adding that he believed Manafort "lived an otherwise blameless life," was a good friend and generous person to others.