On Friday, former US Attorney Preet Bharara explained how federal and state prosecutors can both go after President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and avoid double jeopardy.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to provide a sentencing memo on Manafort to a federal judge in DC District Court before he releases the his full Trump investigation report to Attorney General nominee William Barr.
“At the end of all of this, how much time do you think Manafort might end up serving?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Bharara.
“The sentencing guidelines, as determined by the probation department with respect to his report that happens in every case when anybody is facing sentencing in the federal system, said that the guidelines range is 19.5 to 24.5 years. That’s on the one case. On this other case that we’re talking about tonight, he can face additional time,” Bharara said.
Cooper then asked how New York state prosecutors could file a case against Manafort if he seeks a pardon from President Donald Trump.
“How do they actually go about that?” Cooper asked.
“You have to do it carefully. We have something in the Constitution called the double jeopardy clause,” Bharara said.
“And it can apply, depending on the circumstances, in both directions if the federal prosecutors go first versus whether the local prosecutors go first. So there are arguments that can be made depending on what their case is about. I don’t know exactly what their case is about. But it likely will at a minimum be about tax evasion.”
Watch the full interview below via CNN: