Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing

Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat MORE (D-Va.) on Wednesday warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE against pardoning Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Former FBI general counsel wants apology from Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE, his former campaign chairman, after Manafort was sentenced to over three years in prison on foreign lobbying and other charges.

A federal judge earlier Wednesday added 43 months to Manafort’s prison term, bringing his total to 7 1/2 years from two separate cases. The Washington, D.C.-based case this week regarded charges of conspiracy to launder money and commit tax fraud, failing to file foreign bank accounts and register as a foreign lobbyist, as well as conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses.

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He was also handed a four-year sentence in Virginia last week for charges of bank and tax fraud.

His sentence is the longest produced thus far from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.

Trump has not ruled out pardoning Manafort, saying last week he feels “very badly” for his former campaign head.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a vocal Trump detractor, also called on the president Wednesday to avoid pardoning Manafort.

“I think that pardoning Paul Manafort would, in effect, send a message you can break the law, defy the justice system, and then be rewarded by the president of the United States,” he said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” 

Meanwhile, the Manhattan District Attorney indicted Manafort Wednesday on 16 charges, including residential mortgage fraud, attempted mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy. 

The state charges, which were announced minutes after the D.C. sentence, fall outside of Trump's pardon purview.