A judge has thrown out Paul Manafort’s New York mortgage fraud case on double jeopardy grounds.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been transferred to a correctional facility in New York but will remain in federal custody while he faces state fraud charges.
New York prosecutors have asked federal prison officials to transfer Paul Manafort to New York City so he can be arraigned on state fraud charges. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is currently serving a 7 1/2-year sentence for bank fraud and other offenses at a prison in Pennsylvania.
Paul Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes Tuesday in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates. A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not agree on.
Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are facing charges including conspiracy, money laundering, and failing to disclose his work as an agent of a foreign government. Both have pled not guilty to all charges. President Trump pushed back hard against any notion that the Manafort/Gates indictments had any link to him or his campaign. He tweeted: "Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus????? ....Also, there is NO COLLUSION!"
While President Donald Trump is dealing with global turmoil, he also has a fair share in his administration. Reports have surfaced about the business ties of former campaign aides as well as friction among high level advisers, including Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner.