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  • October 21, 2018

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Paul Manafort’s wife, Kathleen Manafort, left, with defense team attorney Jay Nanavati, right, leave federal court after Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump’s winning presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president’s associates in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APThis courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates, right, answering questions by prosecutor Greg Andres as he testifies in the trial of Paul Manafort, seated second from left, at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 6, 2018. U.S. district Judge T.S. Ellis III presides as Manafort attorney’s including Kevin Downing, left, Thomas Zehnle, third from left, listen. Dana Verkouteren, APThis courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort, seated right row second from right, together with his lawyers, the jury, seated left, and the U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III, back center, listening to Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye, standing, during opening arguments in the trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Manafort’s on tax evasion and bank fraud charges on July 31, 2018. Dana Verkouteren, AP

  • From left, Richard Westling, Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle, attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, talk to reporters outside the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse after the jury announced a verdict Aug. 21, 2018 in Alexandria, Va. 1 of 20
  • Protester Bill Christeson holds up a sign saying guilty as the first count of guilty comes in at he trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, at federal court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. 2 of 20
  • Paul Manafort's wife, Kathleen Manafort, left, with defense team attorney  Jay Nanavati, right, leave federal court after Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump's winning presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.3 of 20
  • epa06951198 Kevin Downing (L), Jay Nanavati (2-L), Richard Westing (C), Thomas Zehnle (2-R) and Brian Ketcham (L), attorneys representing former US Predisent Donald J. Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort, arrive to US District Court for the ongoing Manafort trial in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 15 August 2018. Manafort is facing over a dozen charges including tax evasion and bank fraud.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW ORG XMIT: STX014 of 20
  • This courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates on the witness stand as he is cross examined by defense lawyer Kevin Downing during the trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on bank fraud and tax evasion at federal court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. U.S. District court Judge T.S. Ellis III presides. (Dana Verkouteren via AP) ORG XMIT: VADV2075 of 20
  • Jay Nanavati, right, one of the lawyers for former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, leaves federal court after attending the Manafort trial in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ORG XMIT: VAJM1196 of 20
  • This courtroom sketch depicts former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, left, listening with his lawyer Kevin Downing to testimony as Manafort's trial continues in Alexandria, Va., on Aug. 7, 2018.7 of 20
  • This courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates, right, answering questions by prosecutor Greg Andres as he testifies in the trial of Paul Manafort, seated second from left, at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. U.S. district Judge T.S. Ellis III presides as Manafort attorney's including Kevin Downing, left, Thomas Zehnle, third from left, listen. (Dana Verkouteren via AP) ORG XMIT: VADV1018 of 20
  • Tax preparer Cindy Laporta leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in, Alexandria, Va., Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, on day four of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's tax evasion and bank fraud trial. One of Manafort's tax preparers admitted Friday that she helped disguise $900,000 in foreign income as a loan in order to reduce the former Trump campaign chairman's tax burden. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ORG XMIT: VAAH1019 of 20
  • ALEXANDRIA, VA - AUGUST 02:  Heather Washkuhn (L), managing director of the accounting firm Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein  Bolno, arrives at the Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse to testify in the Paul Manafort trial August 2, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort has been charged with bank and tax fraud as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775202298 ORIG FILE ID: 100971233210 of 20
  • ALEXANDRIA, VA - AUGUST 01:  Kathleen Manafort (2nd L), wife of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, arrives at the Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse for the second day of Manafort's trial August 1, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort has been charged with bank and tax fraud as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775202298 ORIG FILE ID: 100891960611 of 20
  • This courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort, seated right row second from right, together with his lawyers, the jury, seated left, and the U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III, back center, listening to Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye, standing, during opening arguments in the trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort's on tax evasion and bank fraud charges. (Dana Verkouteren via AP) ORG XMIT: VADV30212 of 20
  • ALEXANDRIA, VA - JULY 31:  Activists hold signs during a protest outside the Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse prior to the first day of the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort July 31, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort was charged with financial frauds and is the first defendant in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to face trial.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775183652 ORIG FILE ID: 100824835013 of 20
  • epa06920339 Journalists and members of the public wait to enter the US District Court before the first day of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 31 July 2018. Manafort is facing over a dozen charges including tax evasion and bank fraud.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO ORG XMIT: JJL0114 of 20
  • Paul Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing (C) is surrounded by media as he arrives at the Albert V. Bryan US Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia on July 31, 20187, for the opening of the jury selection for the Paul Manafort trial.Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort on July 31, 2018 becomes the first member of the president's election team to face trial on charges stemming from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 vote. Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank and tax fraud related to his lobbying activities on behalf of the former Russian-backed government of Ukraine. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Former Tr ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1816LR15 of 20
  • epa06920162 Protestors await the start of the first day of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 31 July 2018. Manafort is facing over a dozen charges including tax evasion and bank fraud.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO ORG XMIT: JJL0116 of 20
  • epa06920325 Jay Nanavati (front L) and Richard Westling (R), attorneys representing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, walks into the US District Court before the first day of Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 31 July 2018. Manafort is facing over a dozen charges including tax evasion and bank fraud. Others are not identified.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO ORG XMIT: JJL0117 of 20
  • Linda Schierow, from left, and Nancy Bundy, join other protesters outside the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on day one of Paul Manafort's trial. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ORG XMIT: VAMC10218 of 20
  • Security personnel from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, watch the vicinity around the Alexandria Federal Court in Alexandria, Va., on day one of Paul Manafort's trial, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ORG XMIT: VAMC10119 of 20
  • Protesters hold their banners in front of the Alexandria Federal Court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on day one of Paul Manafort's trial. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ORG XMIT: VAMC10520 of 20

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal judge set a Feb. 8 sentencing date for a now-ailing Paul Manafort Friday, even as the former Trump campaign chairman continued to cooperate with Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Manafort appeared in federal court here in a wheelchair with a swollen right foot sheathed in a white sock as defense attorney Kevin Downing urged an expedited sentencing date, saying that there were “significant issues” related to his client’s health.

Downing did not elaborate on Manafort’s condition, but a person familiar with the matter said Manafort is suffering from a diet-related inflammation in his right foot.

The person, who is not authorized to comment publicly, declined to say anything more except to describe Manafort’s condition as serious.

Manafort, who did not speak during the brief hearing, was convicted on eight counts of financial fraud in an August trial where the jury deadlocked on 10 other counts.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III dismissed those counts Friday, saying he was unwilling to wait until Manafort’s cooperation was complete.

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Ellis had asked prosecutors to decide whether they would retry Manafort on the 10 deadlocked counts, but he took the action to dismiss them when prosecutors said they could not determine when Manafort’s assistance would be finished.

Manafort’s August Virginia trial was the first contested prosecution brought by Mueller.

Last month, Manafort struck a deal to cooperate with Mueller’s team to avoid a second related trial in the District of Columbia.

Since then, he has been meeting with Mueller team in the continuing Russia inquiry.

Manafort’s was not convicted of participating in the election interference campaign. But his oversight of the campaign and his participation in key meetings, including a 2016 Trump Tower gathering of top campaign advisers with a Russian attorney promising damaging information on then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, could have a bearing on Mueller’s investigation into possible coordination with Russia.

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