On Wednesday, federal judges handed six years imprisonment to Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager. Just after Manafort was sentenced, New York state indicted him with 16 felony charges which include major mortgage fraud and other state felonies. The Manhattan district attorney’s office announced the charges.
Manhattan District Attorney CY Vance is making sure Manafort faces the prison time even if President Donald Trump pardons his federal crime. President has the authority to pardon federal crimes, but he can’t pardon state and local charges.
“No one is beyond the law in New York,” Vance said in a statement on Wednesday. He further reported that investigations in Manafort’s case started two years ago.
“I thank our prosecutors for their meticulous investigation,” he said, “which has yielded serious criminal charges for which the defendant has not been held accountable.”
Manafort was indicted by New York state just after he was sentenced for his second term
Paul Manafort is indicted for dozen of charges which includes state charges which follow as three counts of residential mortgage fraud, eight counts of falsifying business records, and some conspiracy and fraud charges. The indictment claims Manafort made plans in which he lied on a mortgage application to get loans. If this indictment is convicted, Manafort may not be able to get the pardon from President Donald Trump.
The federal judge sentenced Manafort on Wednesday of additional 43 weeks of prison time. Last week, federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to 60 months in prison for two criminal conspiracy counts claimed by special counsel Robert Mueller. He was sentenced to 7.5 years of prison time.
When Amy Berman was going to deliver her final sentence, Manafort told her, “I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten is here today.”
“I will be 70 years old in a few weeks. My wife is 66. She needs me. I need her. I ask you to think of this and our need for each other,” Manafort said in his plea.
Trump has declined to say anything about his decision to pardon him for federal charges.
“I feel very badly for Paul Manafort, “Trump told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
“Certainly on a human basis, it is a very sad thing,” he further added.
However, on the decision of his pardon, he said, “I have not even given it a thought, as of this moment. It’s not something that’s right now on my mind.”