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Former Trump Campaign Chair Pleads Not Guilty To NY Fraud Charges

Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty to fraud charges in New York state's Supreme Court Thursday.
Posted at 4:29 PM, Jun 27, 2019

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty to New York state fraud charges Thursday afternoon. 

Manafort was indicted by Manhattan's district attorney earlier this year on 16 felony counts, including conspiracy, residential mortgage fraud and falsifying business records. 

He was sentenced in March to 7.5 years in prison for federal tax fraud and foreign lobbying violations. Those charges stem from cases investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller. 

Manafort's attorney told media outlets that he'd use a double jeopardy argument to try to stop the state's case from going forward. A double jeopardy protection prevents people from being tried twice for the same crime. 

If Manafort is convicted in New York, he wouldn't be a candidate for a federal pardon. A U.S. president can issue pardons for federal crimes, but doesn't have that same power in state cases.

The former campaign manager faces up to 25 years in prison for the New York charges. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN