Manafort’s prison term, new charges highlight perils in Trump probes

“Your honor, I will be 70 years old in a few weeks,” Manafort said, adding that he remained his wife’s primary caretaker. “Please, let me and my wife be together.”

Jackson appeared unmoved by the emotional display.

“This defendant knew better, and he knew exactly what he was doing,” the judge said, adding that she did not believe Manafort’s apology was genuine.

“Saying I’m sorry I got caught is not an inspiring plea for leniency,” Jackson said.

Then, later Wednesday, she inflicted one more indignity, signing an order turning over several of his homes and bank accounts to federal authorities. Among them, an estate in the Hamptons and his condo in Trump’s eponymous New York tower.

…New York state authorities announced a 16-count indictment charging him with mortgage fraud and conspiracy, arising from the same conduct prosecuted by federal authorities.

Wednesday’s developments offered a vivid illustration of the danger facing at least some of the high-profile subjects of Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. As Mueller’s inquiry grinds toward its conclusion, federal and state prosecutors are in the midst of their own investigations –many sprawling far beyond the bounds of Russian intervention in the 2016 election. Manafort’s fate on Wednesday suggested the peril they face is real, and at least partly beyond Trump’s control. 

The strategically-timed action by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance would put Manafort beyond the reach of a potential pardon, should President Donald Trump choose to set aside the federal convictions against his former aide.

Manafort’s prison term, new charges highlight perils in Trump probes

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