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Manafort indicted in New York state, charges that fall outside Trump's pardon power

Manafort indicted in New York state, charges that fall outside Trump's pardon power | 13 March 2019 | President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted Wednesday by a state grand jury in New York on charges of residential mortgage fraud -- the announcement coming just minutes after Manafort was sentenced in federal court in Washington to more than seven years in prison. The charges filed against Manafort may stand as a kind of prosecutorial insurance policy against a possible presidential pardon -- a scenario Trump has refused to discuss as Manafort’s case worked its way through the federal court system. The president has called Manafort brave for fighting his case against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. [Read the indictment: The People of the State of New York against Paul J. Manafort Jr.]