Former Trump campaign official Paul Manafort has been sent home from prison due to the threat of Wuhan coronavirus. Fox News has the story:
"He is on his way home on home confinement. He will be with his wife in [Virginia]. He is obviously relieved," Manafort attorney Todd Blanche told Fox News on Wednesday.
Before being sentenced to 7.5 years in federal prison, Manafort was put on house arrest while waiting for his trial. During that time, he was charged with witness tampering in addition to the slew of felonies handed down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In April 2018, a federal jury in Virginia found Manafort guilty of eight felony counts ranging from tax evasion, bank fraud, wire fraud and more. The other ten charged counts were declared a mistrial after the jury couldn't come to a conclusion.
In December, Manafort was hospitalized but his medical condition was not released.
President Trump's critics are already decrying the move, despite prisons across the country releasing thousands of non-violent offenders during the pandemic.
1/ This raises real fairness concerns. Manafort doesn’t qualify for compassionate release. Did he get special treatment ahead of others who do? People in facilities with outbreaks or closer to the end of their sentence? Did Trump’s friend get... https://t.co/O6Q7VNuXl5— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) May 13, 2020
What message does it send that the president’s campaign chairman can cheat to win an election, go to prison for fraud, and be released because of a crisis caused by the same president he helped elect, even though that president says it’s all under control? https://t.co/r9QvKqZuyt— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 13, 2020
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