Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing

Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDems request probe into spa owner suspected of trying to sell access to Trump Live video of New Zealand shooting puts tech on defensive The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP MORE (D-Va.) on Wednesday warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE against pardoning Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortSenior Ukrainian official says he's opened probe into US election interference Mueller team asks court for delay, citing 'press of other work' Pollster says 'surprised' 37 percent of Republicans don't oppose Trump pardoning ex-associates 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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.