REPORT: New York pursuing charges against Manafort ‘whether or not Trump pardons him’


(Reuters) – The Manhattan district attorney is pursuing criminal charges against Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, whether or not Trump pardons him for his federal convictions, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The charges originate from unpaid state taxes and likely are also related to loans, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because charges have not been filed.

The article goes on to state the following:

A spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined to comment, and as did a spokesman for Manafort.

Manafort, 69, was convicted in Alexandria, Virginia, federal court in August of bank and tax fraud and pleaded guilty in a parallel criminal case in Washington, both part of the U.S. special counsel’s investigation of possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign. He is scheduled for sentencing next month and could be sent to prison for a decade or more.

However, Trump has fueled speculation that he might pardon Manafort by not ruling out the prospect and by showing sympathy with his plight. During Manafort’s trial in Virginia, Trump called him a “very good person” and labeled the tax and bank fraud case against him “very sad.”

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