Special counsel Robert Mueller is filing a sentencing memorandum in one of the two criminal cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The Manafort interviews have been considered a key part of Mueller's investigation into Russian Federation and the 2016 presidential election, and with new reports that the probe is about to wrap up could be a key piece of information to come out before the special counsel files his final report. That was also a bank and tax fraud trial, and Manafort was convicted on eight felony counts. He is scheduled to be sentenced in both cases next month.
Bloomberg reported Friday morning that Vance is ready to file "an array of tax and other charges against Manafort", which is "something seen as an insurance policy should the president exercise his power to free the former aide". Trump has so far refused to take pardoning Manafort off the table and routinely criticizes the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and "McCarthyism", leading experts to speculate that Manafort may have been remaining loyal to the president in hopes of a pardon. "As a part-time resident of New York, Manafort has some exposure".
Prosecutors have called for a sentence of up to 25 years in prison and tens of millions in fines, but consequences outlined in the sentencing report could add to that total, CNN reports.
Bloomberg says that Vance's prosecutors have found evidence of "evasion of NY taxes and violations of state laws requiring companies to keep accurate books and records", although there is some worry that some of these charges could overlap with charges leveled by Mueller, which could constitute double jeopardy. But the charges would have to be different from those the special counsel brought against Manafort in order to avoid double jeopardy laws. The Mueller investigation is expected to wrap up in the coming weeks, but federal and state prosecutors are likely to continue pursuing a number of cases related to the probe.