UPDATED- BREAKING NEWS-
The Southern District of New York (SDNY) has just filed new charges of mortgage fraud against Paul Manafort, hours within being sentenced by Judge Amy Jackson, just in case as I wrote below, that a Presidential pardon comes into play.
For the longest time, rumors were of a presidential pardon for Paul Manafort. President Trump nor the White House made any effort to quell those rumors, if anything, they fanned the flames even more.
However, from day one I argued that Trump can hand out pardons like candy, it wouldn’t make a difference because the power of a presidential pardon only applies to federal charges and convictions. The states are free to do as they wish.
New York, the President’s home state, has proven not to be an ally of Trump, and now, state prosecutors are preparing a criminal case against Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman. Why? Just in case.
Manafort considering his age, has basically received a death sentence. And now, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is suggesting a twenty-four year prison sentence. If President Trump decides to wave his pardon wand, it’s too late for that.
The New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, is preparing to file financial fraud charges against Manafort.
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Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.