Although none of the convictions which Manafort was sentenced on today involved the former campaign chairman's work for the Trump campaign or the president himself, the conviction was the first real test of Mueller's probe, and are the results of the very first indictment that Mueller handed down in late 2017.
Manafort was found guilty on two counts of bank fraud, five counts of tax fraud and one count of failing to declare a foreign bank account.
Manafort asked the judge for mercy at his sentencing for a host of financial crimes - conduct that could now earn the once high-flying political consultant years in prison.
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At a February 13 hearing in Washington, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing said it was important that the allegation of Kilimnik's "known ties to Russian intelligence be countered, and be countered in a balanced manner".
"You write the pages to your own life story", Ellis routinely tells defendants before pronouncing sentence. Still, Thursday's sentencing is being widely viewed as a victory for him, given that special counsel Robert Mueller recommended a sentence of 19 to 24 years.
At one point, Ellis chided prosecutors for spending time on a loan that a bank ultimately did not give Manafort, even though it is a crime to defraud a bank regardless of whether the loan is granted.
Last fall, Manafort reached a plea agreement with Mueller's team just before he was to go to trial in Washington on a series of other charges, including failing to register as a foreign agent. It said Manafort "blames everyone from the special counsel's office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices".
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CNN was caught accidentally using a photo of a judge who's been dead for more than a decade to illustrate a Thursday afternoon report about the sentencing of Paul Manafort.
"Manafort suggests, for example, that but for the appointment of the Special Counsel's Office, he would not have been charged in connection with hiding more than $55 million overseas, failing to pay more than $6 million in taxes, and defrauding three financial institutions of more than $25 million dollars", prosecutors wrote. Manafort, according to the filing, owes the government millions of dollars in taxes.
Prosecutors alleged that Manafort used offshore bank accounts in Cyprus to hide more than $US55 million from Ukrainian politicians from the tax authorities.
Along with Donald Trump Jr and the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner, Manafort was part of a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.
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"Mr. Manafort's physical, mental, and emotional health, together with his age and his nearly nine-month stay in solitary confinement, weigh in favor of a sentence in this case that does not include a lengthy period of incarceration", they argued.