Trump's ex-aide Manafort sentenced to new charges

Trump's ex-aide Manafort sentenced to new charges

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.

"No one is beyond the law in New York", District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat, said in a statement. "I thank our prosecutors for their meticulous investigation, which has yielded serious criminal charges for which the defendant has not been held accountable".

That could be bad news for Manafort, as presidential pardons only apply to federal convictions.

As if anticipating Trump would claim exoneration from the case, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson reminded her courtroom during the sentencing hearing Wednesday that the case before her was unrelated to questions about whether the Trump campaign worked with Russians to tilt the 2016 election.

The sentencing hearings for Manafort mark a bookend of sorts for Mueller's investigation as it inches toward a conclusion. Nonetheless, her sentence on Wednesday could have been harsher: Manafort was facing the possibility of another ten years in prison as opposed to another 43 months.

Before his sentencing, Manafort, who was brought into court in a wheelchair, pleaded to the judge not to sentence him to more time other than the 47 months he was given last week in a separate case.

On Wednesday's broadcast of MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports", Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that "Paul Manafort caught a break" in the overall sentence he received. Rick Gates, of course, has been a key cooperator for the special counsel's office. Prosecutors said during his case that Manafort shared campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Manafort business associate identified by prosecutors as having ties to Russian intelligence. But, he continued, in response to whether he would pardon Manafort, "I have not even given it a thought, as of this moment. They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago".

Manafort is one of the 34 people and three companies charged by Mueller. Trump has not officially ruled it out and continues to express sympathy for his former campaign chairman.

The case has pushed some state lawmakers are looking to ensure than anyone pardoned by President Trump may still face charges in state court.

But a conviction and sentence on the new charges in NY, for mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy, could bring up to 25 more years in prison and would be outside the realm of a presidential pardon.

FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 15, 2018.

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