Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Piling on Manafort. New York State's Turn at Bat.
Paul Manafort has been on something of a roll. He got just 47 months imprisonment for his first batch of convictions. Today the judge bumped that up to a total of 7.5 years, all in. That's not bad for a guy who was facing 30 plus years on all charges. And there's the real prospect of a pardon from Trump on his way out of the White House.
Now, more charges. New York state prosecutors have hit Manafort with new charges, 16 felonies, for fraudulently falsifying business records to secure loans. Those are state charges. If Manafort is convicted he'll be beyond the reach of any presidential pardon.