Manafort Taken From Prison to Hospital

Former Trump campaign chairman said to be in stable condition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 17, 2019 5:28 PM CST
Imprisoned Manafort Hospitalized
In this June 27, 2019 file photo, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives in a New York court.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been hospitalized while serving his federal prison sentence, the AP reports. Manafort, who is serving more than seven years in prison after being convicted as part of the special counsel’s Russia investigation, was moved to the hospital last Thursday from a federal prison in Pennsylvania, his attorney confirmed Tuesday. The attorney, Todd Blanche, said Manafort's family and friends are “extremely concerned about his health and still do not have a full understanding of his medical condition or well-being." “We were relieved to learn this afternoon that Mr. Manafort’s condition is stable, and we are hopeful that he makes a speedy recovery,” Blanche said in a statement.

Manafort, 70, is suffering from a heart-related condition, two people familiar with the matter told the AP on Tuesday. Blanche slammed the federal Bureau of Prisons, which he said refused for days to provide any information about his client’s condition, citing privacy and safety concerns, other than to say that Manafort was “safe.” Manafort was among the first people to be charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Manafort, who was prosecuted in two federal courts, was convicted by a jury in federal court in Virginia last year and later pleaded guilty in Washington. He was sentenced in March and immediately hit with state charges in New York that could put him outside the president’s power to pardon. A hearing in New York on Manafort’s state case is expected to go on Wednesday as scheduled, without him in the courtroom. (Manafort's former right-hand man was sentenced Tuesday.)

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