Judge delays Manafort sentencing to March 13

Judge delays Manafort sentencing to March 13
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The federal judge overseeing Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortEx-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates testifies against former Obama counsel Gregory Craig Trial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer MORE’s criminal case pushed back the sentencing of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE’s onetime campaign chairman from March 5 to March 13.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee on the federal district court in D.C., heard arguments Monday in a sealed hearing over whether Manafort intentionally lied to the FBI and federal prosecutors in violation of his plea agreement.

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Berman Jackson did not rule on the alleged violation Monday.

She instead ordered the parties to return to court for an addition sealed hearing on Feb. 13 and re-set sentencing for March 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE has accused Manafort of committing new crimes by lying to federal prosecutors about five different subject matters, including his contacts with the Trump administration officials and his interactions and meetings during the 2016 presidential campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, a former business associate who is suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence.

Manafort had agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller’s Russia investigation and pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to avoid a second criminal trial in D.C. after he was convicted of eight counts of bank and tax fraud over the summer in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

He had been scheduled to be sentenced on that conviction on Friday, but Judge T.S. Ellis III canceled that hearing.

He said the resolution of the ongoing dispute in the D.C. case could have some effect on the sentencing in the case before him. 

Manafort’s attorneys argue that any misstatements Manafort made to prosecutors were not intentional.

Berman Jackson said in court last week that a transcript of Monday’s hearing would be made available as soon as possible.

On Monday, she ordered the parties to file their proposed redactions to the transcripts of Monday’s proceedings by noon on Friday.