The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is preparing state criminal charges against Paul J. former campaign chairman, in an attempt to ensure he is still confronted with jail time even if the president forgives him for his federal offenses, according to several people who are familiar with the issue. Mannorth is scheduled to be convicted next month for convictions in two federal cases filed by Special Adviser Robert S. Muller III. He faces up to 25 years in prison for tax and bank fraud and extra time for counting a conspiracy in a related case. This may be a life sentence for Mr Manafort, who turns 70 in April.
Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Cyrus Vans Jr., first began investigating Mr Manavorth in 2017 in connection with loans received from two banks. These loans were also the subject of some of the accusations of the federal accusation that led to his conviction last year. But state prosecutors have postponed their investigation so as not to interfere with Mr Müller's case.
They resumed their investigation in recent months, and the state jury began to hear evidence on the case, and several people who knew about the matter said it. The group is expected to complete its work in the coming weeks, several people said, and prosecutors are likely to ask the grand jury to vote on the charges soon after. Vance's office is expected to seek allegations, whether the president pardons Mr. Mannorth. The plan was originally reported by Bloomberg.
All charges filed by Mr Vance's office are likely to be challenged on the basis of double danger. The State of New York law includes stricter protection than the United States Constitution, and Mr Mannorth's team can challenge state fees. Prosecutors in Mr Vance's cabinet have expressed confidence that they will prevail, say people with knowledge of the matter.
Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Mr Mannorth, said his legal team had no comments.