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Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Released From Prison Amid Virus Concerns

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released from prison because of CCP virus concerns, his attorney said Wednesday.

Manafort, 71, is one of thousands of federal prisoners who have been shifted to home confinement as federal officials try to blunt the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Kevin Downing, Manaforts lawyer, told news outlets that his client requested the release because the virus, which has a far higher mortality rate among the elderly, poses a threat to his health. In a letter sent to prison officials last month, Manaforts lawyers said their client takes 11 prescription medications on a daily basis, including eight relevant to the requested release.

“It is only a matter of time before the infection spreads to staff and inmates at FCI Loretto, at which time it may be too late to prevent high-risk inmates, such as Mr. Manafort, from contracting the potentially deadly virus,” they wrote.

Manafort was hospitalized late last year for an incident described as a “cardiac event.”

He will serve the rest of his sentence at home, Downing said Wednesday.

U.S. law permits the release of federal prisoners to supervised release of probation if a judge finds “extraordinary and compelling reasons,” or the prisoner is older than 70, has served at least three decades, and the Bureau of Prisons has determined the prisoner is not a danger to the safety of another person or the community.

Attorney General William Barr said in a memo in March that prison officials should move to increase the number of prisoners placed on home confinement.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman
Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman
Paul Manafort, President Donald Trumps former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington on May 23, 2018. (Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo)

Criminals should only be granted such release if theyre incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, pose a minimal risk of recidivism, and might be safer serving their sentences at home rather than in prison.

Factors weighed when considering releasing prisoners to home confinement, according to the memo, includes the age and vulnerability of the prisoner to COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus; the security level of the facility where the prisoner is held; and the prisoners Read More From Source

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