Manafort's sentencing hearing underway in DC

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Manafort pleaded guilty last September to two felony counts - conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice - related to his lobbying.

"The Office of Special Counsel proved beyond a preponderance of evidence that Mr. Manafort intentionally gave false testimony with respect to that matter which was one of several matters in regards to false statement with regard to Mr. Klimnik", U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said early during today's hearing.

In sentencing memos to Jackson, prosecutors did not ask for a specific term to be imposed but urged it be enough to deter Manafort and others from committing similar crimes.

"It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the amount of money involved", Jackson said.

"What's happening today is not and can not be a review or revision of a sentence that was imposed in another court", she said. Manafort was also ordered to pay $24 million in restitution and a $50,000 fine.

But a conviction and sentence on the new charges in NY, for mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy, could bring up to 25 more years in prison and would be outside the realm of a presidential pardon.

Whatever Jackson's ruling, the possibility of a presidential pardon - a prospect Trump has not ruled out - will likely continue to hang over the Manafort situation, lawyers said.

Manafort, the judge chided, lied to members of Congress and the American public, adding, "If people don't have the facts democracy doesn't work".

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The 69-year-old, who arrived in court in a wheelchair, said he was the primary caregiver of his wife and wanted the chance for them to resume their life together.

The judge ruled earlier this year that Manafort breached his plea deal by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, prosecutors and grand jurors during more than 50 hours of interviews.

Adding to his legal woes, Manafort was also charged Wednesday with mortgage fraud, conspiracy and other counts in a new indictment in New York City. Manafort associate Rick Gates, who was Trump's deputy campaign chair, was a co-defendant in Manafort's cases and reached a plea agreement that resulted in his ongoing cooperation with Mueller's probe.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's campaign manager, faces a second round of sentencing in federal court Wednesday morning. "He engaged in crime again and again, he has not learned a harsh lesson".

"I can say to you with confidence that my behavior will be very different", Manafort told the judge. The charges against Manafort, however, were not related to his work on the Trump campaign, but rather his work on behalf of the pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. Last week after Manafort was sentenced in Virginia, Trump said he feels "very badly" for his former campaign chairman.

Because he breached his plea deal, prosecutors need no longer abide by their pledge to consider recommending leniency for Manafort in exchange for his substantial help.

During Wednesday's hearing, Jackson ruled that Manafort should get a tougher sentence because he acted in a leadership role, directing others to participate in a crime.

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