"But for a short stint as a campaign manager in a presidential election, I don't think we'd be here today", Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing told Jackson, and asked her to take media coverage of the case into account in determining the sentence. But the judge in Washington ultimately increased the total amount of prison time.
The latest sentence comes on the heels of last week's 47-month-long prison sentence in Alexandria, Virginia, for hiding money in foreign bank accounts and tax and bank fraud.
"What's happening today is not and can not be a review or a revision of a sentence that was imposed by another court", the judge said.
Manafort is one of the 34 people and three companies charged by Mueller.
Jackson said she read all the letters before determining his sentence.
Manafort pleaded guilty last September to two felony counts - conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice - related to his lobbying. "It is not a reflection of remorse", Weissmann said. He was indicted on conspiracy charges last summer.
The two counts for which Manafort was sentenced Wednesday carried a maximum prison term of five years each. Jackson told Manafort that he had lied repeatedly and committed fraud repeatedly, and there was no good explanation for the leniency he sought.
He added that during nine months in solitary confinement, "I have reflected on what is important to me, and I can see I did not always act according to my code of personal values ..."
Manafort's attorneys nonetheless argued that he had shown contrition by admitting guilt and that he has been struggling against an unfair and incorrect portrayal of himself in the press. The agreement required him to cooperate with Mueller's team on their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether there was collusion by members of the Trump campaign.
"I pledge to do all I can to accelerate the healing process", he said.
Manafort himself was less combative. But Jackson said Manafort should get credit for accepting responsibility because he pleaded guilty to the conduct at issue, though he later breached his cooperation deal with prosecutors.
"He has not learned a harsh lesson", Weissmann said. "Apparently I was not as clear at saying what was in my heart so for you I say to you now that I am sorry for what I have done".
"This case has taken everything from me already", he said.
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.
Jackson found that Manafort's lies included matters "material" to the Mueller probe, including interactions with his longtime Russian aide in Ukraine, Konstantin Kilimnik, whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation assessed to have ties to Russian intelligence.
Manafort wore a dark suit and tie to the hearing.
As to the political atmosphere, Jackson said she could not opine about the public perception or the broader Russian Federation imbroglio since it was not a subject of the matter at hand. "Period", Jackson said. "Therefore, it was not resolved one way or the other in this case". Jackson emphasized that this case was not about collusion.
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