Manhattan district attorney's office prepares state criminal charges against Paul J. Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager, in an effort to make sure he still faces prison despite the president's being forgiven for his federal criminal, according to many people who have knowledge of the matter.
Mr. Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced next month for convictions in two federal cases brought by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III. He faces up to 25 years in jail for tax and bank fraud and additional time for conspiracy as in a related case. It can effectively be a life sentence for Mr. Manafort, which turns on April 70th.
The president has broad powers to issue pardons for federal crimes, but there is no such authority in state cases. And while there is no clear indication that Mr. wants to favor Trump to Mr. Manafort, the president repeatedly mentioned his power of forgiveness and defended his former chairman of the campaign on many occasions, calling him a "brave man."  Manhattan's district attorney's office, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., first began to investigate Mr. Manafort in 2017 in relation to the loans he received from two banks. Those loans are also the subject of some of the federal lawsuits that led to his conviction last year. But state prosecutors defer their inquiry to not interfere with Mr.'s investigation. Mueller's invasion of Russia in the 2016 elections.
They resumed their investigations in recent months, and a grand jury of the state began to hear evidence in the case, told people who had knowledge of this matter . The panel expects to wrap up its work in the coming weeks, some people have said, and prosecutors will likely ask the grand jurors to vote for charges shortly afterwards.
Mr. Vance's office is expected to charge charges if the president does not allow Mr. Manafort. The plan was first reported by Bloomberg.
Any charges incurred by Mr. Vance's office are likely to be challenged by double-risk grounds. New York state law includes stronger protection than is provided by the United States Constitution, and the defense team of Mr. Manafort is likely to challenge any state charges. But prosecutors at Mr. Vance's office expressed confidence that they would prevail, people who had knowledge of what was said.
Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Mr. Manafort, his legal team has no comment. Mr. Vance's office has no comment.
Mr. Manafort, who worked for Mr.'s campaign. Trump in a critical five months when he was nominated by the Republican presidential elections in 2016, was convicted in a federal court in Virginia in August of 10 as many other financial crimes. Prosecutors said Mr. Manafort used foreign accounts to hide millions of dollars from his political consulting in Ukraine and to avoid taxes, and lied to banks to get millions of dollars in loans.
Sunday later, he agreed to plead guilty cases in the federal court in Washington, DC, and cooperate with prosecutors from Mr. Mueller's office. But the deal ceased when a judge determined that he had repeatedly lied to the government about his contact with a Russian associate during the campaign and after the election. Prosecutors say that colleague, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, relates to Russian intelligence, and investigates whether he is involved in an unsuccessful attempt to influence election results.
In the case of Manhattan, evidence is presented to a grand jury It appears to be connected to the loans provided by Citizens Bank to Rhode Island and Federal Savings Bank in Chicago.
Banks have received grand jury subpoenas for records related to the loans they gave to Mr. Manafort, which costs millions of dollars, told people who have knowledge about this matter. The grand jury also hears testimony about the loan. Citizens Bank works with the investigation, according to someone who has knowledge of this matter. A spokeswoman for the Federal Savings Bank did not respond to a request for comment.
It is unclear what the cases are facing Mr. Manafort, but they may include two state felonies: pseudo-business records, if evidence shows Mr. Manafort used the money loan for an unauthorized purpose, and grand larceny.