A U.S. court has set a sentencing date for Manafort

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It also resolved the outstanding question of whether Manafort would be sentenced before he had finished cooperating.

He has been meeting with the office of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russian Federation probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two US officials.

In addition to setting the sentencing date for February 8, Ellis will dismiss 10 charges on which the jury could not reach a verdict during the August trial.


Ellis, though, expressed concern about waiting too long to schedule a sentencing hearing.

Manafort was convicted of eight counts in the tax and fraud trial in the Eastern District Court of Virginia earlier this year.

"I have not heard any estimation from the government of when his cooperation will be complete", Ellis said, referring to the special counsel investigation.

But U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis rejected the timetable so he could move forward with sentencing Manafort, who appeared in court in a wheelchair and was said to be suffering significant health issues.


Legal experts said Manafort is likely to face about seven to 10 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Attorney Kevin Downing said in court that "now there are serious problems with the detention of Manafort that are associated with the state of his health".

After months of refusing to assist Mueller's probe, Manafort finally took a plea deal in September and agreed to cooperate in return for reduced charges. Republicans say the Federal Bureau of Investigation made missteps when it applied to a special court for a warrant to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and questioned the FBI's use of a confidential informant who reached out to several Trump campaign officials.

Manafort's trial and admissions of guilt focused on his lobbying work for pro-Russian Ukrainians and barely touched his time in the Trump campaign.


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