In this file photo taken on June 15, 2018 Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court on June 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN
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Paul Manafort, the longtime political consultant who once led Donald Trump's presidential campaign, asked a federal judge for leniency Monday as he faces the potential of spending the rest of his life in prison in criminal cases stemming from the Russia investigation.In a new court filing, Manafort's attorneys painted the 69-year-old as a victim of circumstance, prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller only because the government couldn't make the case that he colluded with the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort faces up to five years in prison on each of two felony charges, but his attorneys asked Jackson to choose a sentence "significantly below the statutory maximum".
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