Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for fraud and other financial crimes entirely unrelated to Russia, in the only trial so far to emerge from Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' probe. Manafort found himself in special counsel's crosshairs as the manager of President Donald Trump's campaign between March and August 2016, but the bank fraud, tax fraud and failure to declare a foreign bank account - the eight charges on which he was found guilty last August in a federal court in Virginia - have nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election, and everything to do with Manafort's lobbying activities in Ukraine. "He is not before the court for anything having to do with colluding with the Russian government," Judge T.S. Ellis III told the courtroom on Thursday. After lengthy consultations with both prosecutors and defense, Ellis said that Manafort "lived an otherwise blameless life," so the sentence requested by prosecutors was "excessive." His...
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