15 March 2019
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his appeal for no additional time.
Within minutes of the sentencing, prosecutors in New York brought state charges against Manafort (picture above). This move, seemingly at least, was designed to prevent President Donald Trump giving him a pardon. The president can pardon federal crimes, but not state offenses. Japan Times reported.
In a separate development, Wednesday also saw Manafort charged in New York with residential mortgage fraud and other crimes.
Trump told reporters after the sentencing on Wednesday that he felt badly for Paul Manafort but had not thought about giving him a pardon. None of Manafort’s charges, however, relates to allegations of collusion with Russia. BBC reported.