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A New York judge dismissed a state mortgage fraud indictment against Paul Manafort, President Trump, the former campaign Chairman, cited idem-laws.
Manafort, 70, was previously sentenced, in a pair of Federal cases earlier this year as part of the former Special Counsel Robert Müller Russia investigation.
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Judge Maxwell Wiley ruled that state law prevents law enforcement, because the criminal case was too similar to what ended up Manafort write in prison, that the actual overlap between the Federal States and the Federal government in cases of “very extensive — if not total.”
Manafort has not the judgment because of a health problem to appear in court on Wednesday. (Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images, File)
The 16-count New York indictment alleged Manafort gave false and misleading information when applying for residential mortgage loans, starting in 2015 and continuing until three days before the trump of the inauguration in 2017.
Public Prosecutor’s office had argued that was the case, the allegations are based, but they were never fixed, Manafort s 2018 Federal trial in Virginia, which found him guilty of eight counts of tax and bank fraud charges. The jury could not reach a verdict on 10 other charges, what counts in a mistrial on those.
After the verdict, Todd Blanche, Manafort’s attorney, said: “We have said since the day on which this indictment was made public, that it is politically motivated and in violation of New York’s statutory double jeopardy law.
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“We Manafort, to thank judge Wiley for his careful consideration of our movement, and his thought-out opinion, dismissal of the indictment against Mr.. This indictment would never have been raised, and today’s decision is a clear reminder that the law and justice should always take precedence over politically motivated actions.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., said they would appeal.
The move, rotate the case at a stroke what was widely seen as an attempt by Vance, a Democrat, to hedge against the possibility that Trump could pardon Manafort for Federal crimes.
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The case was dismissed, a day after the former trump campaign official Rick Gates, who had worked closely with Manafort, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years of probation, after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and conspiracy as part of the Russia-investigation. The counts in connection with his role in embezzlement of millions of dollars from lobbying work he had and Manafort done for the Ukraine.
Manafort was sentenced in March to a total of around seven years in prison in connection with two cases. A Federal jury in Virginia convicted him of fraud, eight counts of bank and tax, while he pleaded guilty in a Washington court to charges that foreign lobbying and witness tampering.
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Manafort has not the judgment because of a health problem to appear in court on Wednesday. He had a heart condition and was moved last week to a hospital, from a Federal prison in Pennsylvania, two persons familiar with the issue, previously told The Associated Press.
Fox News’ Lissa Kaplan, Brooke Singman, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.