Justice dept gets involved: Manafort will NOT be going to Rikers

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A Letter, from Deputy Attorney General, said he was monitoring where Mr. Manafort would be held in New York.

GreaterLakewood reported previously Paul Manafort, the former chief of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, was set to be sent from federal prison to New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail.

Alan Dershowitz slammed the move saying “I know Rikers well having spent time there visiting numerous defendants accused of murder and other violent crimes. It is a terrible place that no one should ever be sent to.”

“It should be shut down. It is so bad that defendants often plead guilty, even if they have defensible cases, simply to move to a safer and better prison,” Dershowitz added.

A day later GL reported, Ocasio-Cortez, whose district includes Rikers, blasted the idea of keeping Manafort in solitary, as was reported.

“A prison sentence is not a license for gov torture and human rights violations. That‘s what solitary confinement is,” Ocasio Cortez tweeted Wednesday. “Manafort should be released, along with all people being held in solitary.”

And then, today, federal prison officials weighed in, telling the Manhattan district attorney’s office that Mr. Manafort, 70, would not be going to Rikers.

The NY Times reported 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.

The intervention of Mr. Rosen was just the latest twist in the case of Mr. Manafort, whose campaign work for Mr. Trump and political consulting in Ukraine put him in the cross hairs of a two-year investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election.

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