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Manhattan DA Obtains Trump Tax Returns
on November 18, 2015 in New York City.
President Donald Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dan Gable in the Oval Office, Monday, Dec, 7, 2020.   ( Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Manhattan Prosecutor Bears Down On Trump
President Donald Trump responds to cheering supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally at Orlando-Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.  (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
on December 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.
What His Double Jeopardy Victory Means For Paul Manafort’s Pardon Chances Prime Badge
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06:  Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse after a bail hearing November 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Manafort and his former business partner Richard Gates both pleaded not guilty Monday to a 12-charge indictment that included money laundering and conspiracy.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A New York judge on Wednesday dismissed a criminal case against Paul Manafort, halting a prosecution that was widely seen as a form of insurance against a possible presidential pardon for the former Trump campaign manager.

While the Manhattan district attorney plans on appealing the decision, the ruling means Manafort could go free immediately should he be pardoned.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, arriving to his arraignment in New York County Criminal Court, plead not guilty to state mortgage fraud charges on June 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
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