AP source: Manafort to remain in federal custody

AP source: Manafort to remain in federal custody
FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. New York prosecutors have asked federal prison officials to transfer Manafort to New York City so he can be arraigned on state fraud charges. He is currently serving a 7 1/2-year sentence for bank fraud and other offenses at a prison in Pennsylvania. But he is also under indictment on similar state charges in New York. Two people familiar with the matter confirmed the transfer request Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been transferred to a correctional facility in New York but will remain in federal custody while he faces state fraud charges.

That’s according to a senior Justice Department official who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press. The official couldn’t discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Manafort is awaiting arraignment on state charges and had been expected to be held in New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail.

The official says Manafort’s lawyers raised concerns about his health and safety if he was transferred to Rikers Island. They proposed he remain in federal custody and made available to state officials when needed.

The official says the Justice Department decided to “err on the side of caution” and granted the request.