Paul Manafort transferred to federal prison in lower Manhattan

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, has been moved from a federal lockup in Pennsylvania to a lower Manhattan prison, a source said.

Manafort, who was sentenced to more than seven years in March for financial crimes, also faces a number of state charges brought by Manhattan DA Cy Vance.

His transfer to New York — where he will stay in a notorious lockup alongside the likes of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — indicates his arraignment on state charges is drawing near.

The charges he faces in state court — allegations of mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records — are largely similar to the crimes he was federally convicted of.

Manafort’s lawyer said last week that he will try to fight the state charges on double jeopardy grounds.

The Supreme Court on Monday, however, voted to uphold a ruling that allows  state and federal prosecutors to bring charges against someone for the same crime.

If Manafort were to be convicted on state charges, President Trump could not spring him from prison with a pardon since presidential pardons do not extend to state charges.

Vance’s indictment of Manafort was widely viewed as an attempt to ensure that he serves time behind bars — even if Trump pardons him for his federal crimes.

With Post Wires

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