Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort received a total sentence of about 7 1/2 years in federal prison on Wednesday following the guilty plea in his Washington, D.C., conspiracy case.
Mr Mueller's team called Manafort a "hardened" criminal in a filing last month, arguing he should be held accountable for the "gravity" of his crimes.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave him a stern lecture about his lies and criminal behavior saying there was no good explanation for the leniency he sought. "I know that it was my conduct that brought me here today". This apparently was in reference to Manafort's offenses related to taxes and failure to report foreign bank accounts, but not bank fraud.
"I am sorry for what I've done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today", he said, claiming to now be "a different person" from the one who first appeared in court more than a year ago.
"The defendant's insistence that none of this should be happening to him.is just one more thing that is inconsistent with the notion of any genuine acceptance of responsibility", the judge told Manafort. "Please don't take away any longer than the 47 months".
Jackson acknowledged Manafort's generosity and care for his family and other causes, calling them "commendable", and said she did not discount that she did "not know everything that there is" to Paul Manafort, or will be to him.
Manafort was wheeled into the courtroom Wednesday, wearing a suit rather than the inmate jumpsuit he wore to some previous court appearances.
Manafort was being sentenced for concealing from the government foreign lobbying work. He agreed to cooperate with the investigation and has yet to be sentenced.
"The question of whether there was any collusion with Russian Federation...was not presented in this case, period, therefore it was not resolved by this case", said Jackson.
Manafort's case, while specifically dealing with his lobbying in Ukraine and financial crimes, is at the center of Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
The judicial analyst said that although Manafort's judge made an effort to show compassion to him and defended him as "not a public enemy", she was irritated that he insisted that he was not guilty and that he was only in her court because of the special prosecutor.
"He engaged in crime, again and again".
His attempts to cover up his crimes by asking witnesses to lie for him, Weissmann said, "is not reflective of somebody who has learned a harsh lesson. He has served to undermine, not promote, American ideals", Weissmann added.
Paul Manafort, who has already been sentenced to prison time in two separate cases, has been indicted on additional criminal charges in NY.
Manafort, 69, faces up to 10 additional years in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in Washington in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Jackson indicated she thought Manafort's plea was an appeal to President Donald Trump for a pardon, something the president has not ruled out.
Manafort started his statement to Jackson by saying that his statement before Ellis last week did not adequately reflect his contrition. The state charges appear at least partly created to guard against the possibility that he could be pardoned by President Donald Trump and freed early on his federal convictions.
Manafort's Virginia trial last summer laid bare a lavish lifestyle, bolstered by his foreign lobbying patrons and undercut when his overseas business and clients dried up.