USA: Ex-Trump aid Manafort pleads not guilty in New York case

Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for US President Donald Trump, plead not guilty to residential mortgage fraud and other New York state charges at a Manhattan court on Thursday. The charges relate to mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying records related to loans on properties in New York between 2015 and 2017. After the hearing, Manafort's lawyer Todd Blanche said his client planned... Еще to seek a dismissal of the indictment on double jeopardy grounds. Under New York law, a person can be prosecuted twice for the same act only in specific circumstances, including when at least one element of the crimes is distinct and the statutes address «very different kinds of harm or evil.» The New York case is widely seen as an attempt to keep Manafort stays in jail even if Trump pardons him, which the president has not ruled out. Trump can pardon citizens for federal crimes, but not state crimes.

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