Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign boss asks for leniency and says he is ‘sorry’

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Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has apologised for his crimes as he faces being jailed for up to 10 years.

Manafort, 69, is being sentenced in a court in Washington for two charges of conspiracy, which he admitted last year.

Before his punishment was handed down, Manafort apologised and pleaded not to be parted from his wife “longer than the 47 months” in prison imposed for tax fraud at a separate sentencing hearing last week.

“I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today,” he said.

“Please let my wife and I be together,” he asked US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who said she had received many letters supporting him.

But his hopes were dashed by Judge Jackson, who said Manafort should get a tougher sentence because he acted in a leadership role, directing others to participate in a crime.

Manafort, 69, faced up to 10 more years behind bars as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The charges relate to his foreign consulting work on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party.

The veteran Republican political consultant was sentenced to 47 months, far below sentencing guidelines that allowed for more than two decades in prison, by a court in Virginia last week.

As with his first sentencing hearing, Manafort arrived in court in a wheelchair.

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