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08 Mar 02:03 AM

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What does "collateral damage" mean?

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Speaking from his chair, Manafort did not apologize for his crimes, but thanked the judge for how he had conducted the trial.

“I appreciate the fairness of the trial you conducted,” he said. “My life is professionally and financially in shambles.”

Manafort said the “media frenzy” surrounding the case had taken a toll on him, but that he hopes “to turn the notoriety into a positive and show who I really am.”

The worst pain, he said, “is the pain my family is feeling, ” adding that he drew strength from the “outpouring of support” he had received.

The hearing came just days before Manafort is set to be sentenced for related conspiracy charges in a case in D.C. federal court.

Manafort’s trial last year documented his career as an international lobbyist whose profligate spending habits were part of the evidence showing he’d cheated the Internal Revenue Service out of $6 million by hiding $16 million in income.

Prosecutors painted the former Trump campaign chairman as an incorrigible cheat who must be made to understand the seriousness of his wrongdoing. Manafort contends he is mere collateral damage in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

At the outset of the hearing, Ellis addressed the larger special counsel investigation, saying Manafort was not convicted “for anything to do with Russian colluding in the presidential election.”

But the judge also rejected Manafort’s attorneys claims that the lack of any such evidence undermined the case, saying he had considered that issue at the beginning of the case. “I concluded that it was legitimate” for the special counsel to charge Manafort with financial crimes, Ellis said.

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