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'No evidence' Manafort colluded: Attorney

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Published on March 8, 2019 - Duration: 00:46s

'No evidence' Manafort colluded: Attorney

Paul Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing told reporters after his client was sentenced to 47 months in prison that there is "absolutely no evidence that Paul Manafort was involved with any collusion with any government official from Russia." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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'No evidence' Manafort colluded: Attorney

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced on Thursday by a U.S. judge to less than four years in prison - far shy of federal sentencing guidelines - for financial crimes uncovered during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.

U.S. District Judge T.S.

Ellis imposed the 47-month sentence on Manafort, 69, during a hearing in Alexandria, Virginia in which the veteran Republican political consultant asked for mercy but did not express remorse for this actions.

Ellis also ordered Manafort to pay a fine of $50,000.

Manafort was found guilty last August by a jury of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

While prosecutors had not recommended a specific sentence, they had cited federal sentencing guidelines that called for 19-1/2 to 24 years in prison.

But Ellis said the sentencing guidelines were excessive and would create "an unwarranted disparity" with other cases.

Manafort, with noticeably grayer hair than just months ago, was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair holding a cane, wearing a green prison jumpsuit emblazoned with the words "Alexandria inmate" on the back.

It was a far cry from Manafort's usual dapper appearance and stylish garb.

He has been jailed leading up to his sentencing.

The sentence was even less than what defense lawyers had sought.

They had asked Ellis to sentence Manafort to between 4-1/4 and 5-1/4 years in prison, writing in their sentencing memo that Mueller's "attempt to vilify Mr. Manafort as a lifelong and irredeemable felon is beyond the pale and grossly overstates the facts before this court."

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