New York Will File Criminal Case Against Paul Manafort if Trump Pardons Him: Prosecutors

New York prosecutors are prepared to file a criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort if he’s pardoned by President Trump for his felony convictions, Bloomberg News reports Friday. New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has reportedly prepared the criminal case, which centers on alleged state-level tax violations and inaccurate record-keeping, as well as what Bloomberg describes as an “insurance policy” in case Manafort is pardoned for his federal crimes. In preparing his case, Vance is said to have had to tread carefully around New York’s double-jeopardy prohibition, which rigorously prevents defendants from being tried twice on the same charges. However, Bloomberg reports the DA has assembled significant claims that won’t overlap with Mueller’s charges, which include tax and bank fraud.