Manafort released to home confinement due to pandemic

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been released from prison due to the risk of coronavirus infection, and will serve the rest of his seven-year term under home confinement, one of his lawyers said Wednesday.

Manafort was indicted by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller and convicted in 2018 on a witness tampering charge. He later pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice in a case linked to his lobbying for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.

His lawyers in April argued that he should be released due to the pandemic. “Mr. Manafort is 71 years old and suffers from several pre-existing health conditions,” his lawyers wrote.

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