Wait, can they do that?
Courtesy of NYT:
Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a federal prison sentence, had been expected to be transferred to the notorious Rikers Island jail complex this month to await trial on a separate state case.
But last week, Manhattan prosecutors were surprised to receive a letter from the second-highest law enforcement official in the country inquiring about Mr. Manafort’s case. The letter, from Jeffrey A. Rosen, Attorney General William P. Barr’s new top deputy, indicated that he was monitoring where Mr. Manafort would be held in New York.
And then, on Monday, federal prison officials weighed in, telling the Manhattan district attorney’s office that Mr. Manafort, 70, would not be going to Rikers.
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.
A senior Justice Department official said that the department believed Mr. Manafort’s treatment was appropriate, but several former and current prosecutors said the decision was highly unusual. Most federal inmates facing state charges are held on Rikers Island.
So it appears that Trump cannot pardon Paul Manafort completely but he is able to make him more comfortable while he awaits his trial.
I would like some intrepid New York reporter to get a look at Manafort’s cell to determine just how different he is being treated than the other inmates in the same facility.
I keep imagining that it is a cell similar to the ones depicted in the movies for a high ranking Mafia type, with lobster dinners, chilled champagne, and a high definition big screen TV on the wall.