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Manafort indicted by Manhattan DA on pardon-proof fraud charges

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Paul Manafort. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Paul Manafort, on the day he was sentenced to a total of 7.5 years for crimes uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller, has been indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for "a yearlong residential mortgage fraud scheme through which Manafort and others falsified business records to illegally obtain millions of dollars."

Why it matters: President Trump has the authority to issue pardons for federal crimes, but not for state-level crimes.

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