Manafort seeks sentence well below guidelines in Virginia case

FILE PHOTO: Manafort departs U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia

FILE PHOTO: President 's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort departs U.S. District Court after a motions hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald 's former campaign chairman, on Friday asked a federal judge in Virginia to hand down a sentence that is significantly below guidelines, according to a court filing.

Manafort, who was convicted in August of eight charges of bank and tax fraud as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, is due to be sentenced on March 7.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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