The federal judge in Manafort’s case postponed the date when she will announce the term he should spend in prison. She explained that she wanted to hear more about whether he lied to investigators after pledging to cooperate in Mueller’s Russia probe, as Bloomberg reported.
“U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson held a hearing of more than four hours Monday in a sealed courtroom to consider secret evidence gathered by the government. A court officer cleared the Washington courtroom before she took the bench,” the message says.
She stated she would hold another closed session on February 13.
“Prior to the start of Monday’s hearing, thick loose-leaf binders could be seen near lawyers for the government and Manafort. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, who is being held in jail following his conviction for fraud and other crimes, wasn’t in the courtroom when reporters were ejected, but was present at the hearing, according to one of his lawyers,” the news agency reads.
Attorneys did not comment on the proceeding. The judge’s decision on Manafort’s alleged breach of his deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller could influence how severe she sentences him.
As it was reported, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. After a 16-day trial, Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 10 counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges.
Paul Manafort is charged with laundering money and evading taxes over ten years of cooperation with former Ukrainian leaders. Previously, an investigation team released over 300 documents, which reveal the details of Manafort's cooperation with the currently disbanded Party of Regions - the-then pro-presidential and ruling political force in Ukraine.