Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a federal prison sentence, had been expected to be transferred to the notorious Rikers Island jail complex this month to await trial on a separate state case.

But last week, Manhattan prosecutors were surprised to receive a letter from the second-highest law enforcement official in the country inquiring about Mr. Manafort’s case. The letter, from Jeffrey A. Rosen, Attorney General William P. Barr’s new top deputy, indicated that he was monitoring where Mr. Manafort would be held in New York.

And then, on Monday, federal prison officials weighed in, telling the Manhattan district attorney’s office that Mr. Manafort, 70, would not be going to Rikers.

NY Times

“Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened.

The decision came after Attorney General William Barr’s top deputy sent a letter to state prosecutors. Mr. Manafort will now be held in a federal lockup while he faces state charges.”

Maybe they should just put him up at the Astoria.

This stinks.

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7 Comments on "In Highly Unusual Move, Dep. AG Intervenes to Keep Manafort Out of Rikers."

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This sucks!


Stinks on ice !

Denis Elliott
I don’t know how close the closest federal facility is where Manafort can be held during his state trial but I’d think that two or three hours (one way) of commuting to court each day would be tougher for him than a secure holding wing (and yes, he would rate extra security instead of the typical Riker’s routine) at Riker’s. Here’s a technical question. Once he is physically in the courtroom NY State will be responsible for him until they hand him back over to the feds at the end of the day for transport. Suppose the NY State folks… Read more »
Lil Blue Sock

So Paulie gets Club Fed while other criminals, guilty of much lesser crimes, rot in Hell…….

Maybe Trump’s slogan should be “tough on innocent immigrants, easy on convicted criminals”.

*shakes head*

p j evans

making it MORE interesting, Adam Klasfeld tweeted a link to DA Cyrus Vance’s letter about this, which includes the original, AKA “Blanche”, letter from Manafort’s law firm, as well as another letter.
link to letters (15-page PDF):