Lawyers for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are asking for his immediate transfer to home confinement, in light of the threat they say COVID-19 poses to his health. He has been serving a seven-year sentence at a federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, for bank fraud and tax evasion. His attorneys, Todd Blanche and Kevin Downing, wrote a letter to the director of the Bureau of Prisons and the warden at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Loretto to request his immediate transfer to home confinement “to serve the remainder of his sentence or, alternatively, for the duration of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic,” in keeping with Attorney General William Barr’s directives in late March and early April. Barr instructed the Bureau of Prisons to increase the use of home confinement among older inmates with underlying conditions as a means to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the country’s prison system.Manafort’s lawyers pointed out that he is 71 years of age and suffers from a number of maladies, including “high blood pressure, liver disease, and respiratory ailments,” Blanche and Downing said in their letter, which was first obtained by CBS News. They noted that he was hospitalized for several days in December for a heart

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