Paul Manafort was convicted again. Here’s what you need to know about the president’s pardon power.
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, was sentenced on Wednesday to roughly six years in prison on charges of conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The verdict comes nearly a week after Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, which, as my Vox colleague Andrew Prokop noted, was a far lighter sentence than many anticipated.
Almost immediately after Manafort was sentenced on Wednesday, he was indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on 16 counts related to mortgage fraud and conspiracy, according to various reports. The timing may be odd, but some believe the reason for the state charges is clear enough: to ensure that Manafort can’t be protected by a presidential pardon, which applies only to federal crimes.
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