Report: NY State Ready To Charge Manafort, Bypass Trump Pardon

February 22, 2019 - 11:42 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Prosecutors in New York State are reportedly ready to bring a local criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort if he receives a presidential pardon on his federal conviction.

Bloomberg News quotes two sources as saying Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance is ready to bring tax and other charges against Manafort.

Bloomberg reporter Greg Farrell told WCBS 880's Michael Wallace that Vance has to be careful of double jeopardy.

"Cy Vance would have to be careful not to just cut and paste and recharge the same crimes that Robert Mueller has down in Virginia. So in terms of taxes, Manafort was convicted of tax fraud at the federal level, but Vance could bring local taxes, state taxes because Manafort has a residence in New York," Farrell said. "And New York State also has books and records laws that are different from federal laws, and Mueller presented a lot of evidence that Manafort's books and records were let's just say irregular. So those are the two obvious areas where Vance could proceed."

Related: Court Filing: Manafort Faces More Than 19 Years In Prison

The 69-year-old Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced for federal crimes next month after he was convicted of eight felonies. Prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller believe Manafort should be sentenced to as many as 24 years in prison.

Back in November, President Trump said he has not ruled out a pardon. The president cannot pardon Manafort if he is convicted on local charges.