May 13, 2020

Look, the real outrage is not that Paul Manafort was released today to home confinement. (After all, he's 71, in poor health, and at high risk of death from the coronavirus.) It's that so many other people aren't being released -- many of them poor and without friends in high places.

I'll also point out that former Trump toady Michael Cohen was supposed to be released a few weeks ago -- and all that suddenly changed after a furious Trump found out he was working on a tell-all book.

No, the real outrage is that our Justice Department is so degraded that basic human decency is only a favor to be dispensed to those favorable to the Orange Cheeto. Via the Washington Post:

President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been released from prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement because of concerns over the novel coronavirus, two sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Manafort was released from FCI Loretto in central Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning, the two sources said.

An attorney for Manafort confirmed he had been released to home confinement but declined to comment further. The Bureau of Prisons also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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