Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing

Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSchumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever Yang compares U.S. election tampering to Russia's election interference efforts Mark Warner nominates Bryan Cranston to play him in a movie MORE (D-Va.) on Wednesday warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE against pardoning Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortCuomo signs measure allowing New York to press charges despite presidential pardon Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter He who must not be named: How Hunter Biden became a conversation-stopper 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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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.