Hours After Sentencing, Trump Campaign Chief Manafort Is Charged By NY State With 16 Counts Of Fraud

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Prosecutors in Manhattan charged Paul Manafort with a laundry list of state crimes minutes after his federal case wrapped up with a hefty prison sentence Wednesday — an aggressive effort to make sure the disgraced Republican operative faces prison time even if President Trump pardons him.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. unsealed an indictment on 16 counts of mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records relating to a self-enrichment scheme the former Trump campaign chairman allegedly orchestrated with several unnamed co-conspirators between late 2015 and early 2016.

 

The 11-page indictment specifically lists a SoHo loft Manafort used to own on Howard Street and charges he used that and other properties to illegally obtain at least $4 million in loans.

Trump has broad executive power to pardon whoever he wants for federal crimes, such as the ones Manafort were convicted of in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

However, the President cannot pardon state crimes, like the ones Vance filed against Manafort.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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