Paul Manafort asks for home confinement, citing coronavirus threat

(CNN) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort wants to serve his sentence in home confinement instead of prison due to concerns about COVID-19.

Manafort’s lawyers made the request on his behalf, sending a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Monday afternoon.

The letter outlined several health problems the 71-year-old faces, including liver and respiratory issues, and referred to Manafort as a “high-risk” inmate for coronavirus-related complications.

He is not asking to be released from custody, which he would need to take up with a judge.

Manafort has been behind bars since June 2018. He’s serving a 7.5-year sentence for bank and tax fraud and foreign lobbying-related crimes.

The charges he was convicted on stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference.

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