Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the Federal District Court in Washington ordered on Wednesday that Trump's former campaign head, who had already been sentenced last week to almost four years in prison, is to serve an additional 3.5 years and $6 million fine for conspiracy, concluding Robert Mueller's highest-profile prosecution.
Paul Manafort was sentenced on two conspiracy counts, including money-laundering, obstruction of justice, and failing to disclose lobbying work that brought him millions of dollars over a decade.
"It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the amount of money involved," Judge Jackson said, commenting on the case, adding that "a significant portion of his career has been spent gaming the system."
Speaking in front of the judge, his lawyer, Kevin Downing, stated that while he was not accusing the office of Robert Mueller of launching a politically motivated prosecution, he added that "for a short stint as campaign manager in a national election, I don't think we would be here today".
Apart from that, the District Attorney's Office in New York County said in a press release that Paul Manafort has been charged with residential mortgage fraud in New York.
"Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the indictment of Paul Manafort, 69, for a yearlong residential mortgage fraud scheme through which Manafort and others falsified business records to illegally obtain millions of dollars," the release said.
No Evidence of Russian Collusion
Downing told reports outside the courthouse that the US federal judge presiding over President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's second court case acknowledged that there was no evidence of collusion between the defendant and Russia.
"Judge [Amy Berman] Jackson conceded that there was absolutely no evidence of any Russian collusion in case, so that makes two courts," Downing told reports outside the courthouse. "Two courts have ruled no evidence of any collusion with any Russians."
The Special Counsel has been investigating accusations against Russia, which allegedly meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, as well as allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign team and Moscow.
As #RobertMueller approaches the end, interesting how little anti-Trumpers are invoking infamous #SteeleDossier the tabloid essay that slandered @RealDonaldTrump, launched a 1000 investigators, & formed the shaky legal basis for #FISAgate? #CollusionIllusion #CollusionDelusion— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 13, 2019
Moscow, in turn, has repeatedly denied interfering in the election, saying the allegations were made up as an excuse for the defeat of Trump's campaign opponent as well as to deflect public attention from actual instances of electoral fraud and corruption.
@SpeakerPelosi statements vs #Impeachment are refreshing & conciliatory. Her conclusion that attempting to remove @realDonaldTrump early would be 'divisive' is self-evident. Once #RobertMueller exonerates @POTUS of allegations he's a Russian spy, let's move on.— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 13, 2019
The claims of collusion have also been repeatedly dismissed by US President Donald Trump, who has called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt."