Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign chief jailed for 43 more months

13 March 2019, 16:14 | Updated: 13 March 2019, 20:03

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been jailed for an additional three-and-a-half years after admitting two charges of conspiracy.

On sentencing the 69-year-old, the judge questioned his remorse and criticised him for his crimes and years of lies.

"It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved," US district judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort.

The latest jail time is on top of the roughly four-year prison sentence he received last week in a separate criminal case in Virginia.

Before sentencing on conspiracy charges related to his foreign lobbying work and witness tampering, Manafort asked for mercy saying the proceedings against him had "taken everything from me already".

Reading from a written statement, he said: "I am sorry for what I have done and all the activities that have gotten us here today.

"While I cannot undo the past, I will ensure that the future will be very different."

Adding to his legal woes, Manafort was also charged on Wednesday with mortgage fraud, conspiracy and other counts in a new indictment in New York City.

These could be designed to guard against the possibility that he could be pardoned by Mr Trump as the presidential power does not extend to state charges.

The hearing followed Robert Mueller's investigation into possible co-ordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Defence lawyer Kevin Downing suggested Manafort was being unduly punished because of the "media frenzy" generated by the appointment of a special counsel.

Mr Trump said he feels "very badly" for his former campaign chairman.

The president said: "On a human basis, it's a very sad thing."

Mr Trump also insisted he is not currently considering a Manafort pardon, saying: "I have not even given it a thought as of this moment."