President Donald Trump's former campaign president, Paul Manafort, was released on Wednesday from a Pennsylvania federal prison to serve the remainder of his 7-1 / 2-year prison sentence for the coronavirus pandemic, his lawyer said.
Todd Blanche, a lawyer at Manafort, said the 71-year-old experienced Republican politician was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
The Manafort legal team last month asked the United States Prison Office for home arrest and not for continued detention. His existing state of health has increased the risk of complications from the virus.
Office officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Manafort's release, which was first reported by ABC News.
Manafort's ruling resulted from two criminal cases against him as part of an investigation by former U.S. special adviser Robert Mueller, which documented Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election to strengthen Trump's candidacy.
Manafort, one of several former Trump adjutants charged in Mueller's investigation, was convicted of tax fraud and bank fraud in a Virginia trial in August 2018 and found guilty in a separate conspiracy case in Washington the following month.
Manafort earned millions of dollars as an international political advisor to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, and evidence from the prosecutor's office showed that he dodged more than $ 6 million in taxes by hiding his income from offshore bank accounts. The judge in one of his cases punished him for using his money for an opulent lifestyle with expensive clothes and houses. He was in a wheelchair during some of his criminal proceedings.
In a letter in April, Manafort lawyers asked the office to allow his transfer from the Pennsylvania facility to his Virginia home, citing his high blood pressure, liver disease, and respiratory problems. Manafort also suffered a cardiac event, his lawyers said in December.
Manafort's former business partner, Rick Gates, who also acted as Trump's election helper and pleaded guilty to Müller's investigation, has also asked to serve the rest of his federal prison sentence at home. Gates testified in his trial against Manafort.
A number of other high-profile federal inmates have applied to be released because the pandemic has made numerous inmates and employees ill and has resulted in a number of deaths nearby.
Attorney General William Barr asked the Bureau of Prisons in March to expand the use of house arrest as the coronavirus continued to spread in federal prisons.
Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who was detained in a separate case, has also asked for early release, but a source earlier this month said he had not been released.
A person near Cohen and his family said they had no information about a plan to release him. A representative of the U.S. law firm who oversaw Cohen's case did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
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