Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Manafort Gets to Move to Jail Closer to His Pending Trial

Manafort Gets to Move to Jail Closer to His Pending Trial

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is treated like a "VIP" in prison, according to new court documents filed Wednesday.

"Among the unique privileges Manafort enjoys at the jail are a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates" units, his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial", prosecutors said in their filing.

Far from restrictive, prosecutors said Manafort had been provided with a personal telephone in his cell, which he used for more than 300 calls with attorneys and others over the past three weeks.

Manafort asked to delay the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, until after he's been tried in Washington where he's accused of failing to register in the an agent of Ukraine and of laundering millions of dollars.

Not long after Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) Judge T.S. Ellis III had some stern words for Paul Manafort's lawyers and ordered the defendant to be transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center, Manafort's team has chose to fight back on another front.

One of the two indictments against Manafort is in Washington, DC, and the other is in Virginia.

"Manafort has access to a separate workroom at the jail to meet with his attorneys and legal team", it continues.

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"It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem", Ellis wrote.

While he isn't technically allowed to send or receive emails, Manafort has, according to the special counsel, developed a workaround, revealing on a monitored phone call that "in order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team. The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer. can not be easily explained or resolved". He has not reached out, they said in court filings.

Prosecutors also said they were in touch with Manafort's lawyers as recently as last week to ask if he had any concerns about being incarcerated, and said he had not raised any issues until now.

"Review of that material can be accomplished well in advance of the July 25 trial date and does not warrant a months-long adjournment", the government filings said.

Manafort has mounted an aggressive defense against the special counsel, arguing that Mueller's mandate was too broad and that he was not authorized to charge Manafort with crimes unrelated to Russian collusion.

"Apparently, but unsurprisingly, the Special Counsel has taken the time to assign personnel to listen to all of the non-privileged phone calls Mr. Manafort makes from jail", they said.

Updated at 2:05 p.m. He instructed the U.S. Marshals Service to move Manafort to Alexandria, as he initially planned.

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