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Noah Feldman

New York Prosecutors Are Coming for Trump’s Associates

The state indictment of Paul Manafort — right after his federal sentencing — signals trouble for the president.

Next stop: Manhattan.

Next stop: Manhattan.

Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

The indictment of Paul Manafort by New York state prosecutors on Wednesday is a shot across the bow of the presidency — a warning and possible harbinger of future prosecutions of Donald Trump’s associates, children and even the man himself by the state.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. strongly implied the purpose of the prosecution: It was undertaken to ensure that Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, would serve prison time even if the president were to pardon him of the federal charges to which he has now been convicted. “No one is beyond the law in New York,” Vance said in a news release announcing the indictment.