- Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is already serving time in Pennsylvania after being convicted in March on federal charges, is heading to New York to face state fraud charges.
- Sources familiar with the matter said Manafort will be transferred to the notorious Rikers Island jail while his case is being worked out. He is expected to be arraigned on the state charges possibly next week.
- Manafort could potentially become an inmate at Rikers, which has a long history of abusive guards and inmates, mistreatment of inmates and long sentences for minor offenses.
- Reports have surfaced that Manafort would be placed in solitary confinement to protect him due to his high-profile status.
- According to the sources, “Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. made a request for his office to pick up Manafort at the federal lockup using a law providing for the transfer of prisoners under indictment in another jurisdiction.”
- Manafort is currently serving a 7-year sentence at the request of Robert Mueller who accused Manafort of “misleading” the government about “his lucrative foreign lobbying work and for encouraging witnesses to lie on his behalf.”
- After he was sentenced, a 16-count indictment was unsealed that showed that Manafort gave false info on multiple mortgage loan applications.
- Since the president can pardon federal crimes but not state crimes, the new charges are seen as a way to prevent President Trump from pardoning Manafort.