Paul Manafort says he's being treated like a "VIP" in jail

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office made the revelation in a court filing Wednesday arguing against postponing his trial in Alexandria, Virginia. According to the government, Manafort has had multiple visits a week from his legal team according to visitor logs.

Besides those perks, Manafort also has his own bathroom and shower, and he doesn't have to wear a prison uniform.

The team prosecuting Donald Trump's former campaign chairman has a message for Paul Manafort: no more excuses.

In the meantime, he said Manafort would be moved from the Northern Neck to the jail in Alexandria, in suburban Washington, "to ensure that the defendant has access to his counsel and can adequately prepare his defense".

In their court filing Wednesday, prosecutors sought to pick apart Manafort's arguments that he needs to delay the trial because of his jail conditions.

Prosecutors also said Mr. Manafort has access to his own separate workroom to meet with lawyers at the Northern Neck Jail in Warsaw, Virginia. Manafort then asked the judge to let him stay at Northern Neck because "issues of distance and inconvenience must yield to concerns about his safety and, more importantly, the challenges he will face in adjusting to a new place of confinement and the changing circumstances of detention two weeks before trial".


"When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the Internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", they wrote.

"Think about how it'll play elsewhere", Manafort said, according to the court filing.

Though Manafort's lawyers have said he spends almost all of his days in solitary confinement, prosecutors described his living arrangements as a "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units" with its own bathroom and shower.

Ellis issued the order after Mueller's prosecutors challenged Manafort's complaints about the conditions in his current facility, citing visitor logs and recorded phone calls showing he was detained in comfort with nearly unfettered access to his legal team.

Manafort is charged with bank and tax fraud in eastern Virginia and is separately charged in Washington with counts including money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

The context for Manafort's comment wasn't clear but he is facing charges related to his work on behalf of clients overseas, including the onetime government of Ukraine and a powerful Russian oligarch.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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