Manafort defense attorney Kevin Downing arrives for a sentencing hearing for his client former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort at U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S., March 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, much less than what was called for under sentencing guidelines.While that was the longest sentence to date to come from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, it could have been much worse for Manafort. Judge T.S. Ellis III, discussing character reference letters submitted by Manafort's friends and family, said Manafort had lived an "otherwise blameless life". Manafort has been jailed since June, so he will receive credit for the nine months he has already served.Trump said Friday that he felt very badly for Manafort, adding that it has been a tough time for Manafort, and said he was honored by the judge's remarks at the sentencing.
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