WASHINGTON DC — Just minutes after President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief – Paul Manafort was sentenced to 73 months in prison in another federal sentencing in Washington on Wednesday.
Prosecutors in New York charged Manafort with at least a dozen other state felonies.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance unveiled the indictment that included 16 counts of mortgage fraud, conspiracy, and falsifying business records.
But this means getting a presidential pardon could be off the table – President Trump does not have pardon powers for state charges, only for federal crimes.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, on Monday, implied that Trump may still be open to a possible pardon for Manafort.
But on Wednesday, Trump answered the same question quite differently.
While the scope of Manafort’s federal case does not include Russian collusion – Manafort’s legal counsel falsely Kevin Downing claimed that Judge Amy Berman Jackson exonerated Manafort of the Russian collusion charge.
Trump echoed Manafort’s lawyer’s false no collusion claim.
“I can only tell you one thing, again that was proven today. No collusion, is no collusion there’s no collusion and there hasn’t been collusion and it was all a big hoax.”
Reacting to the false claim, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband – Filipino American George Conway is urging a serious inquiry into Trump’s mental health.
He tweeted: “Trump tells lies that are pointless and counterproductive not only because they are easily disprovable, but because they are entirely unnecessary. Today was an example.”
Meanwhile, as of Wednesday’s federal sentencing, Manafort now has a total of 7 and half years of jail time.
But Judge Jackson said 30 months of which will run concurrently with the sentence in the Virginia case, totaling six years and nine months behind bars.