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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a federal judge for leniency as he awaits sentencing in criminal cases stemming from the Russia investigation.

Manafort's attorneys say in a new filing Monday that the 69-year-old political consultant isn't a hardened criminal but rather a wealthy consultant who committed 'garden variety' crimes by illegally lobbying for Ukrainian interests.

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The filing comes after prosecutors depicted Manafort as an unrepentant criminal who committed crimes for years including tampering with witnesses while he was under indictment.

Manafort faces up to five years in prison on two felony counts in Washington related to the illegal lobbying.

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He faces the possibility of more than 19 years in prison in a separate tax and bank fraud case in federal court in Virginia.

With his sentencing memo released over the weekend, Mueller increased the likelihood that Manafort will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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While Mueller did not recommend a specific sentence he portrayed Manafort as a 'hardened' criminal who was at risk of repeating criminal behavior if released from prison.

As part of an earlier plea deal with Mueller, the special counsel dropped five other charges and Manafort agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

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But Mueller's team in November accused Manafort of violating the agreement by repeatedly lying to prosecutors on subjects including his interactions with a business partner they have said has ties to Russian intelligence. The judge this month ruled Manafort had breached the deal.

'For over a decade, Manafort repeatedly and brazenly violated the law,' Mueller's office said in a sentencing memorandum released by the court on Saturday.

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