From Campaign Chairman To Criminal Manafort is Back in Court

Paul manafort at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo from Disney | ABC Flickr

As the News Blender mentioned the one-time Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort is due inside a Manhattan courtroom on Thursday, where he will be arraigned on mortgage related fraud charges.

The charges were unsealed on March 13th, the same day Manafort was sentenced in a D.C. Courtroom to 43 months for federal crimes adding to the 47 months Manafort had received a week earlier in a Virginia Courtroom.

According to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, the charges which includes residential mortgage fraud and falsifying business records, among other charges, resulted from an investigation that was opened in March of 2017.

In his statement, Vance said at the time, “No one is beyond the law in New York,” he added, “Following an investigation commenced by our Office in March 2017, a Manhattan grand jury has charged Mr. Manafort with state criminal violations which strike at the heart of New York’s sovereign interests, including the integrity of our residential mortgage market. I thank our prosecutors for their meticulous investigation, which has yielded serious criminal charges for which the defendant has not been held accountable.”

The arraignment is scheduled for 2:15 eastern. Manafort is expected to plead not guilty to the New York State charges.

Update.

In this not so shocking update, Manafort has pleaded not guilty, Courthouse News reported. There is no current word on when Manafort is next expected in court.

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