Paul Manafort Just Got Hit With New Charges That Cannot Be Pardoned By Trump
Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, is facing new charges in New York after the Manhattan district attorney’s office indicted him on state fraud charges. Since this is a state criminal case, Manafort cannot be pardoned by President Donald Trump.
Manafort is charged by state prosecutors with 16 felony counts, including residential mortgage fraud and falsifying business records.
He was one of the first people charged by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, resulting in a conviction by a jury last summer in one case and Manafort’s guilty plea in another case. He is currently serving a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for federal tax fraud, bank fraud and foreign lobbying violations.
Manafort pleaded not guilty to the new charges Thursday in New York state’s Supreme Court, according to CNN.
During his arraignment Thursday before Justice Maxwell Wiley, Manafort, who is serving time at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, appeared in the courtroom in navy prison garb and thick-soled white sneakers, his hair bushy and gray, his face weathered and his wrists bound by handcuffs.
Though Manafort is already serving a lengthy sentence, the state case, which was brought moments after his sentencing in March, is potentially consequential for him because a conviction in state court would remain even if he were to receive a presidential pardon for his federal crimes. Such a pardon doesn’t apply to state crimes.
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