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Latest Supreme Court’s decision takes Trump pardon away from Paul Manafort: report

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Former campaign chair for President Donald Trump has managed to get away with not giving prosecutors any information to indict others involved in the 2016 election scandals. It has prompted many to suspect that Paul Manafort was working to score a pardon from the president, but now it appears that option is off the table thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 7-2 ruling, the Court said that a person could be tried twice for the same crime if one is in a federal court and the other is in a state court. Trump’s justices split the decision, with Brett Kavanaugh supporting the majority and Neil Gorsuch joining with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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It puts Manafort in a difficult position, because he could be pardoned for his federal crimes, but not by his state crimes. So, even if Manafort was to be pardoned for his federal crimes, he would still ultimately spend the rest of his life in jail for any state charges he is convicted of.

“The President of the United States has the power to issue pardons for crimes against the United States,” said former New York District Attorney’s prosecutor John Moscow. “He cannot pardon people for crimes against states.”

Last year, Manafort was convicted by a federal jury in Virginia on eight out of 18 counts of bank and tax fraud. He then said he would cooperate with the Robert Mueller investigation, but was caught in doing anything but.

“It was of interest to Manafort because if he had been pardoned, the theory was and if the Supreme Court kept this going, then he could be charged separately in a state like Virginia or somewhere else for the same crimes that he had committed in the federal government but got pardoned for,” said NBC’s Pete Williams.

“So two things that have happened that have wiped that off,” he continued. “Number one, the Supreme Court didn’t change the double jeopardy rule. And Manafort has been charged with state crimes by New York. But they are violations of the New York tax law largely which he was not prosecuted for in Virginia or Washington, DC.”

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