A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, set a February sentencing date for Paul Manafort, after a lawyer for the onetime Trump campaign chairman said he was experiencing health issues.
The New Britain, Connecticut, native, convicted in August on eight tax and bank fraud charges, was pushed into the Eastern District of Virginia courtroom in a wheelchair Friday afternoon. He wore a dark green jumpsuit that read “Alexandria inmate” on his upper back.
Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, asked U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III for the preparation of a presentencing report and an expedited sentencing date, citing health concerns.
“We do think that there are significant issues with Mr. Manafort’s health right now,” having to do “with the terms of his confinement,” Downing said.
Downing did not elaborate on Manafort’s health in court. Manafort has a serious medical condition related to his diet that resulted in inflammation in his foot, a source familiar with Manafort’s condition said.
Ellis brought lawyers into his courtroom on Friday to settle confusion over when special counsel Robert Mueller III’s prosecutors would dismiss 10 outstanding counts on which jurors deadlocked in August, as well as to discuss Manafort’s sentencing date.
It came after Manafort agreed last month to cooperate with federal investigators, as part of a plea agreement stemming from a related federal case in Washington, D.C. As part of the deal, prosecutors said they would delay a dismissal of the 10 remaining counts until after his cooperation with the U.S. ends. Ellis previously said the arrangement was “highly unusual.”
Ellis ordered on Friday the dismissal of the 10 counts, and set a Feb. 8 sentencing date. A sentencing date in the Washington, D.C., case, overseen by District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, has yet to be set.
In court Friday were U.S. prosecutors Greg Andres, Andrew Weissman, Uzo Asonye of the Eastern District of Virginia, and Brandon Van Grack. Downing, as well as Thomas Zehnle, who also represents Manafort, were present too.