Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing

Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment Senators offer bipartisan bill to help US firms remove Huawei equipment from networks DOJ plans to show Senate Intel less-redacted Mueller report, filing shows MORE (D-Va.) on Wednesday warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE against pardoning Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortBanker charged for allegedly approving Manafort loans for Trump job House Democrat 'fixed' Trump's infographic about Mueller's investigation Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid 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.


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 MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller 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.