U.S. Justice Department Keeps Manafort In Federal Custody, Citing Health and Personal Safety Reasons
The U.S. Justice Department has decided to keep convicted felon Paul Manafort in federal custody, it said on Tuesday.
The department citing concerns about the “health and personal safety” of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman if he was transferred to a local facility in New York.
The 70-year-old veteran Republican political operative had been expected to be transferred from a federal prison in Pennsylvania to a detention facility in New York.
Manafort is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal facility in New York City, the Bureau of Prisons’ website showed on Tuesday.
Manafort was transferred on Monday, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Manafort, serving a 7-1/2 year sentence for tax fraud, bank fraud and other charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
He also faces New York state charges related to residential mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records.