Trump ex-aide Manafort moved to
Manhattan, arraignment seen near: source
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[June 18, 2019]
By Nathan Layne
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Paul Manafort, U.S.
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was transferred to a
detention facility in Manhattan on Monday ahead of an expected
arraignment on state charges in New York, a person familiar with the
Manafort, 70, was moved from a federal prison in Pennsylvania to the
Metropolitan Correctional Facility, according to the person, who spoke
on condition of anonymity because the transfer has not been disclosed.
The move means Manafort will not be held at New York's troubled Rikers
island jail complex as are most federal inmates facing charges in the
state, the New York Times said.
The paper said the decision came after Jeffrey Rosen, the No. 2 official
at the Justice Department, sent a letter last week to Manhattan
prosecutors indicating he was monitoring where Manafort would be
detained in New York.
An attorney for Manafort did not respond to a request for comment.
Manafort had been at the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto,
Pennsylvania since he was sentenced in March to 7-1/2 years behind bars
on tax fraud, bank fraud and other charges that stemmed from Special
Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the
2016 U.S. election.
A veteran Republican political consultant, Manafort also faces New York
state charges filed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance alleging
residential mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records.
Manafort will seek to dismiss the state charges on double jeopardy
grounds, his lawyer told Reuters last week.
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President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at a
hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., January 16,
2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo
His transfer to Manhattan probably signals his arraignment in New
York is near, although Manafort remains in federal custody and no
arraignment date has been set, the person familiar with the matter
Vance's case appears largely tied to the same conduct - applications
for mortgages from Citizens Bank and the Federal Savings Bank
secured by properties in New York - for which Manafort was
prosecuted in federal court.
Vance's indictment of Manafort was therefore widely seen as an
effort to ensure that he serves significant prison time even if
Trump pardons him. A U.S. president can issue pardons only for
Under New York law, a person cannot be prosecuted twice for the same
act unless at least one element of the crimes is distinct and the
statutes address "very different kinds of harm or evil." However,
Vance's office could argue an exception to New York's double
jeopardy protections is warranted.
In a ruling with potential implications for the Manafort case, the
U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to limit the ability of
federal and state prosecutors to separately charge people for the
same underlying crime.
(Reporting by Nathan Layne; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Clarence
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