Manafort Being Treated as Prison ‘VIP’ With Own Bathroom, Shower and Phone

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They also say he has his own workspace and has had more than 100 phone calls with lawyers in the last three weeks. Judge T.S. Ellis, the federal judge overseeing Manafort's case in Alexandria, Va., ordered Tuesday that U.S. Marshals transfer Manafort to a detention facility in Alexandria - much closer to the Washington metro area, where the former Trump campaign chairman faces two trials.

Manafort filed a motion last week asking for his trial to be delayed until this fall, because it was impossible to fully prepare due to distance and with limited electronic and phone access.

According to prosecutors, the 69-year-old also boasted about having access to a personal laptop and telephone - which he used to make hundreds of phone calls. Contrary to Manafort's assertions, the prosecutors argued that his jail, while located two hours from Washington, had provided him with ample access to his lawyers and had not hindered his preparation for trial.


The back-and-forth matters because Manafort has cited restrictive conditions of his pretrial detention as a reason to postpone his case on bank and tax fraud charges until at least the autumn.

But visitor logs and recordings of phone calls show that isn't the case, prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday opposing Manafort's request for a delay. While Manafort's lawyers days ago said that he was in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day because the jail couldn't guarantee his safety, the government's portrayal suggested his circumstances are much less grim, a fact that Manafort himself tacitly admitted, when he said in a monitored conversation that he was being treated like a "VIP". Manafort's not required to wear a prison uniform and isn't confined to a cell from 8:30 a.m.to 10 p.m., Mueller said.

"Manafort told the person on the call that, "I've gone through all the discovery now", according to the filing.


Manafort has been held there since June 15, when a judge in Washington, D.C., ordered him detained, partly because of new charges that he had attempted to tamper with witnesses. Manafort denies all the charges. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted".

"Manafort can hardly now complain about the order of the trials", the special counsel attorneys said.

Manafort, in his suppression request, argued that the warrant wasn't specific enough in describing the evidence it sought to seize, and that its scope was broader than the probable cause on which it was based.


Manafort has also argued that his trial should be moved from Alexandria to Roanoke, where jurors are more likely to support the president, his attorneys told the court.

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