Manafort attorney shouted down by hecklers outside courthouse

Manafort attorney shouted down by hecklers outside courthouse
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Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortUkrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 is now under Russia-corruption cloud Feds ask judge to postpone ex-Trump campaign aide's sentencing Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine to press Biden investigation MORE's attorney was shouted down by hecklers Wednesday outside a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after the former Trump campaign chairman was sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison.

Defense attorney Kevin Downing, who spoke in front of a swarm of reporters and TV cameras, struggled at times to be heard amid a chorus of protesters.


“It's callous, it was hostile and totally unnecessary,” Downing said about his client's punishment before being drowned out by hecklers calling Manafort a “traitor.”

When Downing said district court Judge Amy Berman Jackson had “conceded there was absolutely no evidence of any Russian collusion in this case,” some protesters accused him of lying.

“Liar!” one man shouted. “That’s not what she said!”

Manafort's hearing Wednesday came just days after a federal judge in Virginia sentenced him to 47 months in prison for his conviction on eight criminal charges related to his foreign lobbying efforts that were uncovered in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation of Russia's election interference and potential collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Moscow.

Manafort will be given credit for the nine months he has already spent in jail, which means he will spend less than seven years in prison.