K B’s Opinion| ICYMI 6/19 – Former campaign manager to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Paul Manafort, was reportedly “transferred to a federal prison in New York City late Monday ahead of his pending state court trial — but only after the Justice Department rejected a local district attorney’s widely criticized bid to move him to the notorious Rikers Island prison complex,” according to a new Fox News report.
Fox reports, “Manafort was instead transferred to the New York Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), a federal detention facility located in Manhattan. MCC houses many inmates awaiting trial or sentencing. Among the current inmates are terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov, who allegedly ran down pedestrians with a truck in New York on Oct. 31, 2017, and Cesar Sayoc, the man who allegedly sent package bombs to prominent Democrats. Joaquin Guzman, the notorious drug lord known as “El Chapo,” is reportedly being held at the facility.”
The transfer came following Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.’s attempt to move the former Trump campaign manager to Rikers Island, a request which was rejected by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
Fox News spoke to a senior Department of Justice official who said that Manafort’s lawyers had talked to the Bureau of Prisons and “raised concerns about his transfer to state custody related to his health and personal safety.”
“Mr. Manafort’s attorneys proposed that he remain in federal custody and be made available to the state when necessary,” the official explained to Fox News. “In light of New York’s position, and Mr. Manafort’s unique health and safety needs, The Department determined to err in the side of caution by keeping Mr. Manafort in federal custody during the pendency of the state proceedings.”
The official went on to say that Manafort “will be made available to the state whenever needed for his state case.” The official explained that the “arrangement” wouldn’t have “any impact” on state proceedings.
The Bureau of Prisons reported that Manafort’s release date is currently set for Dec. 25, 2024.
Fox reports that in the state case, “Manafort was indicted in New York in March on a raft of charges, including residential mortgage fraud, conspiracy, and other counts that allege that Manafort and others falsified business records to illegally obtain millions of dollars. If convicted of all charges, Manafort could face up to 25 years in prison.”
During a March statement, Vance said, “No one is beyond the law in New York. Following an investigation commenced by our office in March 2017, a Manhattan grand jury has charged Mr. Manafort with state criminal violations which strike at the heart of New York’s sovereign interests, including the integrity of our residential mortgage market.”