New York authorities reportedly are preparing to criminally charge convicted tax cheat and bank fraudster Paul Manafort whether President Donald Trump pardons his ex-campaign chief or not. A presidential pardon would not protect Manafort, who is awaiting sentencing for a slew of federal charges next month, from state-filed criminal charges. Trump has previously criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s cases against Manafort, whom the president has called “a brave man!” on Twitter.
I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” – make up stories in order to get a “deal.” Such respect for a brave man!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018