Judge Orders Paul Manafort to Rikers Island


A New York State judge has ordered former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort be transferred to Rikers Island, the notorious New York prison home to violent criminals such as Son of Sam and John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman.

“He’s not a mob boss,” the source close to Manafort said.

That’s right, he’s worse than a mob boss because he used to work for Trump.

A New York State judge ordered the transfer at the request of New York City District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. He will be held in solitary confinement for his own protection, the source said. The move is expected to happen as early as Thursday.

Vance, a Democrat, said in March that a New York grand jury charged Manafort with 16 counts including residential mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and other charges. He said at the time that “no one is beyond the law in New York.” Manafort cannot be pardoned by President Trump for state crimes.

Vance’s office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News late Monday. Manafort’s defense team is planning an appeal, according to the source.

Manfort, 69, was the first Trump campaign associate to be found guilty as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The former political consultant is not just facing charges in New York he is waiting for sentencing in Washington D.C., where Mueller asked Manafort be sentanced to 24 years in prison and up to a $24 million fine.

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About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

Photo: <> on March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.

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