Rikers Island is no place for Paul Manafort but the Democrat Prosecutor involved in Manafort’s case was planning on sending him there.
The request for a transfer of Manafort was made by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.’s (pictured below) office.
This smells of political grandstanding on Vance’s part.
Manafort was charged with residential mortgage fraud and falsifying business records by a New York grand jury in March. Last August, Manafort was convicted of several federal counts of tax and ban related fraud connected to his work for Ukranian nationals.
Fox News reported a source close to Manafort said a transfer to Rikers Island was coming soon.
The Rikers Island jail is notorious for its poor conditions and violence.
Rikers Island has been home to several violent criminals and Mr. Manafort’s white collar crimes are certainly not in that league.
The Manhattan District Attorney is a Democrat and has firmly stated that “no one is beyond the law in New York.”
Remember that the Manaforts were awoken in the middle of the night by armed FBI agents who were over the top disrespectful in their treatment of Mrs. Manafort.
The treatment of these people has gone way too far.
And now the DOJ steps in to do the right thing for Manafort:
The New York Times reports that 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.
Instead, he will await his trial at a federal lockup in Manhattan or at the Pennsylvania federal prison where he is serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence for wide-ranging financial schemes, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
This move by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen was described as “unusual” by Department of Justice officials.
Todd Blanche, a lawyer for Paul Manafort said the DOJ intervening is unusual, however, he argued that Manafort shouldn’t be facing state charges for the same ‘crimes’ he was already charged with on a federal level.