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Reporter Asks Trump About Pardoning Manafort; His Response Is So Typical (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, despite his constant tweeting regarding his outrage over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments of former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort, when asked, Donald Trump had very little to say regarding a possible pardon for his friend and former campaign chief.

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Following his announcement on tax reform, a reporter tried to ask Trump if he planned to pardon Manafort. But while Trump appears to have heard the question, he chose not to answer immediately. Instead, he said this:

“Thank you, everybody.”

Manafort was indicted on Monday as part of Mueller’s federal probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Here’s a closer look at the charges and possible penalties facing the former Trump campaign chair. Manafort’s business associate, Rick Gates is also facing related federal charges.

From Boston.com

COUNT ONE: Conspiracy Against the United States

Both men are charged with conspiring together and with others to knowingly and intentionally defraud and commit crimes against the United States between 2006 and 2017. If found guilty of this count, each potentially faces up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

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COUNT TWO: Conspiracy to Launder Money

Both men are charged with conspiring together and with others to transfer funds from outside the United States to and through places inside the country without properly disclosing the transactions or paying required federal taxes. Penalties for this count include up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of either $500,000 or twice the monetary value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater.

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COUNTS THREE THROUGH SIX: Failure to File Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts

The indictment alleges that for each calendar year between 2012 and 2015, Manafort failed to disclose to the U.S. Treasury Department that he had a financial interest in and authority over bank accounts in a foreign country involving more than $10,000. Penalties include up to 10 years in federal prison for each of the four counts and fines of up to $100,000, or up to 50 percent of the total value for the transactions, for each of the four years encompassed in the counts.

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COUNTS SEVEN THROUGH NINE: Failure to File Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts

The indictment also alleges that between 2012 and 2014 Gates failed to disclose to the U.S. Treasury Department that he had a financial interest in and authority over bank accounts in a foreign country involving more than $10,000. Penalties include up to 10 years in federal prison for each of the four counts and fines of up to $100,000, or up to 50 percent of the total value for the transactions, for each of the four years encompassed in the counts.

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COUNT TEN: Unregistered Agent of a Foreign Principal

Prosecutors allege that both men failed to register with the U.S. attorney general as foreign agents of the government of Ukraine, the Part of Regents and Yanukovych between 2008 and 2014. Penalties include up to five years in federal prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

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COUNT ELEVEN: False and misleading statements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act

The indictment alleges that both men made multiple false statements to federal officials in relation to their failure to register as foreign agents of the Ukrainian government. Penalties include up to five years in federal prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

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COUNT TWELVE: False Statements

Prosecutors allege that between November 2016 and February 2017 that Manafort and Gates conspired together and caused others to make false statements and conceal crimes against the United States. The penalty for this count is up to five years in prison.

If convicted on all charges, Manafort faces up to 80 years in prison, while Gates is said to be looking at around 70 years in prison. Most believe that Mueller is trying to pressure Manafort to give up bigger targets on his list, the biggest being his so-called “friend” who’s currently occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Let’s hope Trump’s intense “efforts” to defend his “friend” heavily influences Manafort’s decision to cooperate with the Feds.

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