New York prosecutors announced the indictment of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort on Wednesday, only minutes after his sentencing in a federal case.
The 16 charges unveiled by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance relate to mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records.
“No one is beyond the law in New York,” Vance said in a statement. Manafort’s alleged actions “strike at the heart of New York’s sovereign interests, including the integrity of our residential mortgage market,” Vance added.
Crucially, President Donald Trump does not have pardon power for state charges. Trump has not explicitly ruled pardoning his former campaign official. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president would decide whether to pardon Manafort “when he’s ready.”