Pardons

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.

Lanny Davis explains the "two Michael Cohens"

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Michael Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis told Axios that Cohen and his legal team "blame ourselves, not anybody else," for not clearly explaining what he called the "two Michael Cohens."

Why it matters: Cohen attorney‘s Michael Monico sent a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings Tuesday night clarifying that Cohen never asked President Trump to grant him a pardon, despite Trump tweeting that Cohen had "directly asked." The letter comes amid questions whether Cohen lied again to Congress.

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