Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former presidential campaign chairman who was convicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, is out of prison.
Manafort, 71, was released Wednesday morning from FCI Loretto, a low-security prison in Pennsylvania, according to his attorney Todd Blanche.
He gets out of prison four years early because his lawyers said he was at high risk for acquiring COVID-19, and will serve the rest of his time on home confinement.
Manafort's wife is reported to have picked him up at 6:00am today.
How many US federal prisoners can get released like Paul Manafort to home confinement because of "virus concerns'? Seriously.
If this doesn't demonstrate that there are two justice systems – one for the well-connected and one for everyone else – I don't know what does
— Edward Harrison (@edwardnh) May 13, 2020
Breaking: Former Trump campaign chmn Paul Manafort has been released from prison following request by his lawyers due to COVID pandemic, his attorney said.
Manafort will serve rest of his term on home confinement after serving about a third at a federal prison in Western PA
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 13, 2020
Manafort's wife picked him up around 6am this morning from FCI Loretto. https://t.co/OKCch1YZa0
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) May 13, 2020
Paul Manafort was released from a federal Pennsylvania prison "under cover of darkness at 6 a.m." today, his attorney, Todd Blanche, tells @NYDailyNews.
Blanche said he spoke with Manafort after he got out.
"He is good," Blanche said. https://t.co/8cNeFkU6sZ
— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) May 13, 2020
Paul Manafort released (way) early due to pandemic.
Michael Cohen set to be released and then blocked.
Apparently DOJ / Bureau of Prisons is willing to play politics relating to everything and anything whatsoever.
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) May 13, 2020
The Bureau of Prisons says there are no known cases of coronavirus at FCI Loretto where Manafort was serving his sentence.
So far 2,471 inmates have been released to home confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic, NBC's Mike Kosnar reports.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) May 13, 2020