Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C., for his arraignment and bail hearing June 15, 2018. Today's sentence covered Manfort's lies to the Justice Department about his lobbying efforts in Ukraine, his failure to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, and witness tampering. They're "serious criminal charges for which the defendant has not been held accountable". The president can pardon federal crimes but not state offences.
"No one is beyond the law in New York", Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in announcing the 16-count indictment of Manafort.
Minutes after Manafort's federal sentence was imposed, NY prosecutors unsealed a 16-count indictment accusing him of giving false information on mortgage loan applications.
The Times notes that prosecutors had previously chose to move forward with this case regardless of whether Trump pardoned Manafort, and the paper predicts that Manafort's lawyers will argue it would count as double jeopardy to try him again in state court for the same crimes he was tried and convicted of in federal court.
On Wednesday, Judge Jackson made clear the case against Manafort had nothing to do with Russian election interference and she scolded Manafort's lawyers for asserting that their client was charged only because prosecutors couldn't get him on crimes related to potential collusion with the Trump campaign.
Manafort, who was in a wheelchair because of gout, pleaded to the judge not to sentence him to more time in prison. Kevin Downing, who has represented Manafort, didn't answer questions outside the Washington courthouse about the state action. However, New York Law professor Rebecca Roiphe says that will be hard to prove. He undermined the American political process by concealing from the public and Congress that he was working on behalf of Ukraine- and earning millions of dollars that he never reported to the IRS, she said.
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Manafort's court appearance came 17 months after the first indictment of Mueller's special counsel investigation brought him in to face a judge and five months after his help to Mueller's investigation fell apart. "The indictment deals with activity that happened in NY and is appropriate for a NY prosecutor".
The state-level charges are significant because they can not be erased by a presidential pardon - a prospect Trump has not ruled out on Manafort's federal charges. For instance, he falsely represented the amount of debt he had to Citizens Bank and that his Soho condominium wasn't a rental but rather was used by his daughter and son-in-law, the special counsel's prosecutors said.
Instead, she said they were evidence that Manafort had spent a considerable portion of his career "gaming the system". He also lied to the bank by saying he had lent his credit card to a friend who had incurred more than $200,000 in charges related to Yankees tickets.
Gates was the deputy campaign manager. By this afternoon, Manafort appeared to have gotten off lightly not once but twice. Last week's sentence covered multiple cases of bank and tax fraud. However that incident wasn't the basis of any of Mueller's federal charges.
That's as far as the good news went for Manafort today. A month later, the bank provided two more loans, totaling $6.5 million, to Manafort and his wife. It's not accurate, she continued, because "the investigation is still ongoing".
Gates had been charged alongside Manafort but later pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.