New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort will not get any special treatment at Rikers Island, beyond the basic security measures, Fox News informed.
De Blasio’s comments come after a New York State Judge ordered Manafort’s transfer to the notorious island later this week to serve the remainder of his sentence for bank and tax fraud charges. Sources close to Manafort said for Fox News he will be held in solitary confinement for his own protection.
“He is going to be treated, as much as humanly possible, like any other inmate, and would have the same rights and responsibilities,” de Blasio, 2020 presidential candidate, said during a press conference. “Obviously there are safety questions that have to be attended to.”
Manafort was convicted in August of various financing crimes as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. In September, he pleaded guilty to additional charges, including witness tampering.
In March, he was sentenced to 7 and a half years in federal prison, which he’s been serving in Pennsylvania.