Trump’s Former Campaign Manager Freed From Prison Due to Spread of COVID-19

Paul Manafort, the ex-campaign manager of president Donald Trump, has been freed from prison on Wednesday, due to a request his attorneys made regarding the present coronavirus circumstances, according to his lawyer, Kevin Downing.

In an interview with CNN, Downing expressed that Manafort will be serving the remainder of his sentence in confinement at home. He has already served approximately one-third of his sentence at a federal prison facility located in Western Pennsylvania.

Manafort has been imprisoned since June 2018. For now, he is serving a 7.5-year prison sentence for tax and bank fraud, together with some charges for foreign-lobbying.

Concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus in prisons nationwide have led to the Bureau of Prisons moving nearly 2,500 prisoners who are at risk because of the pandemic to confinement at home. This is an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. So far, however, there have been no confirmed cases at the facility where Manafort was living.

His attorneys inquired to the prison officials the past month about whether they would accept him staying under home confinement either while the pandemic keeps going or for the remaining four years he is scheduled to spend in the facility.

In a letter to the officials of the prison sent back in mid-April, Downing expressed that the infection will start to spread to inmates and to staff at the FCI Loretto, where Manafort is currently held up. By then, it could be too late for the inmates in risk categories, like Trump’s former campaign manager.

In the letter, it was mentioned that Manafort could be sent to live with his wife in a three-bedroom apartment located in Northern Virginia, together with his wife. The letter also had an outline of the various health problems faced by the 71-year-old, including liver and respiratory issues. Manafort is on medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol, even appearing in front of the court in a wheelchair in late 2018 and 2019.

This paper has been published in CNN Politics.