Paul Manafort sentenced

By Katelyn Polantz, Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner and Brian Ries, CNN

Updated 2107 GMT (0507 HKT) March 13, 2019
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12:13 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Manafort ordered to serve an additional 43 months in prison

Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered Paul Manafort to serve an additional 43 months in prison, on top of his sentence he received last week from the court in Virginia.

12:04 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Judge to Manafort: Prison is "hard on everyone, young and old, rich or poor"

Judge Amy Berman Jackson is now correcting statements made about Paul Manafort's solitary confinement, which was a significant feature of his allocution today.

She said he was in jail not for violating the gag order, but because he broke the bail by breaking the law after his arrest.

Jackson reminded the court he was first sent to Northern Neck Regional Jail, saying she was concerned about how far that jail was, but then Manafort's team asked for that location. Then he was moved to Alexandria because of their complaints.

She said Manafort "realized the tactic had backfired immediately." He was in a self-contained ("VIP") suite in Northern Neck, Jackson added.

"I'm not going to split hairs over whether the word solitary was accurate because he had a room of his own," Jackson said.

"It was this disingenuous by the part of the defense and repeated the term over and over ... for public sympathy ..." she added.

What Manafort's detention quarters looks like now: Now he's in protective confinement, not technically solitary. He has a window, radio, newspapers and view of TV. He's released for a few hours a day to walk around and be with other people

"Mr. Manafort, I don't want to belittle or minimize the discomforts of prison for you. It's hard on everyone, young and old, rich or poor," she said.

Jackson noted she hasn't received doctors orders about his health issues.

11:56 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

"No collusion" is "simply a non-sequitur," judge says

Judge Amy Berman Jackson is now calling out the defense's memo, which stated that the special counsel was never able to charge Russian collusion (this was their approach to the sentencing memo).

"It's hard to understand why an attorney would write that," she said about Manafort's defense team's approach. "No collusion" is "simply a non-sequitur."

The judge said Manafort's argument about the Russia investigation won't affect her sentence.

"The defendant's insistence" that this shouldn't have happened to him "is just one more thing that's inconsistent with the notion of any genuine acceptance of responsibility," Jackson said.

11:54 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Judge tells Manafort: "Saying 'I'm sorry I got caught' is not an inspiring plea for leniency" 

Judge Amy Berman Jackson took issue with one of the points noted by Paul Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing earlier today. 

Citing Downing's words — that but for the special counsel, Manafort wouldn't have been charged in the first place — Jackson said, "Saying 'I'm sorry I got caught' is not an inspiring plea for leniency." 

Jackson talked about how Manafort may not have been repeating some points for the person he was trying to persuade as she put her hands on her chest and not for "some other audience."

11:51 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Judge says she believes Manafort was sincere when he talked about his family

Judge Amy Berman Jackson says she does believe Paul Manafort was sincere today when he spoke about his family and their suffering throughout this ordeal.

Manafort "stepped up in extraordinary ways" to help a niece as a surrogate father. She said this character factors in today's sentencing, too.

Jackson then cited the key parts of Manafort's defense pleading before sentencing, specifically when his defense team wrote, "Mr. Manafort spent his life advancing American ideals and principles."

"There aren't really any exhibits or letters that go along with that," she said, assessing that argument.

"He does, though, appear to have brought real skill, structure, to the latest campaign," Jackson said, crediting him for the Trump campaign.
11:46 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Judge tells Manafort: "Court is one of those places where facts still matter"

Judge Amy Berman Jackson expressed that she was not happy with how Paul Manafort approached the final stretch of this case.

"Court is one of those places where facts still matter," Jackson said.

She said Manafort has begun to "minimize his conduct and shield others."

Jackson admitted she couldn't tell from an FBI document if Manafort was actually asserting false facts or not. 

Jackson believes he's repeating a lie in his sentencing memo.

She went on to say that Manafort believed he had the right to manipulate the court proceedings and that he's made overblown statements about where he was housed in jail when it was his benefit to do so.

11:39 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Judge: "If the people don't have the facts, democracy doesn't work"

Judge Amy Berman Jackson spoke directly to Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, about foreign lobbying, saying that he was lying directly to Americans and Congress.

"If the people don't have the facts, democracy doesn't work," she said.

Manafort was watching Jackson with no smile, almost sheepishly.

She then moved on to describing the witness tampering offense against Manafort.

Jackson said Manafort "immediately began reaching out to witnesses" involved in Hapsburg group to "remind them" all the work in Europe he did.

"He isn't being straight with me now" about it, she said.

Jackson continued: "He did not plead guilty to contacting witnesses. He pled guilty to conspiring" with his Russian associate Konstantin Kilimnik to contact the witnesses.

2:17 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Manafort is not "public enemy No. 1," judge says

Judge Amy Berman Jackson is addressing the court right now.

In her remarks about Paul Manafort, she said "the defendant is not public enemy No. 1. He’s not a victim either."

Jackson went on to say "the briefing and the argument — to a lesser extent today" has been marked by "hyperbole" and intensity.

An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the Berman said Manafort is "not victim No. 1."

11:26 a.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Judge says today's sentencing "will not incriminate anyone" 

At the top of her remarks, Judge Amy Berman Jackson was quick to say that today's sentencing "will not incriminate anyone" in the ongoing investigation. 

"Any conspiracy, collusion... was not presented in this case," she said. "Therefore it was not resolved by this case."