The Manhattan District Attorney’s office on Wednesday announced that it is appealing to New York’s highest court a ruling dismissing charges against Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Manafort was charged in New York state court in March 2019 with residential mortgage fraud and related offenses. In December 2019, a state judge threw out the charges, ruling they overlapped with bank fraud charges that Manafort had faced in federal court. A New York appeals court affirmed the judge’s ruling last month.
The DA’s office is now appealing the matter to the top court in the state, the New York Court of Appeals, according to a court filing dated Tuesday.
The move to appeal the dismissal of the charges comes as Trump is set to leave office in January, and could potentially issue a number of pardons before his term ends. Presidents can pardon or commute the sentences of those who have been convicted of federal offenses, but not state offenses.
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