Manafort's lawyers ask for trial to be moved away from DC

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller told a USA appeals court that Paul Manafort must prepare for his criminal trials while behind bars, citing a judge's finding he can't be trusted to play by the rules.

Mr. Manafort submits that a fair trial will impossible without a change of venue to Roanoke, Virginia.

Also on Friday, prosecutors said they would introduce evidence at trial showing that a senior bank executive helped Manafort get $16 million in loans in return for efforts to get him positions on the campaign and in the administration.

Warsaw is a 2-hour drive from Washington, making collaborating with his lawyers a challenge for the 69-year-old Manafort, they argued in court papers last week.

He faces charges related to his work for pro-Russia Ukrainian political interests. Last month the judge overseeing the Alexandria case rejected a motion to dismiss the indictment, affirming Mueller's mandate to prosecute him. But they do say they plan to present evidence that a bank executive who approved a loan to Manafort expressed interest in working on the Trump campaign, told Manafort about that interest and eventually secured a position advising the Trump campaign.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to charges of bank fraud, money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department.

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"Here, it would be hard for the jury to understand why the loans were approved without understanding that the lender approved the loans, in spite of the identified deficiencies, because the senior executive factored in his own personal ambition", prosecutors wrote in the filing.

'He is locked in his cell for at least 23 hours per day (excluding visits from his attorneys),' they wrote in an appeal created to get him back on house arrest until the first of his twin federal trial begins in three weeks.

Manafort's trial in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, is due to start on July 25, but in court filings on Friday his lawyers also asked for postponement until another trial due to start in September in Washington, D.C. runs its course.

In a brief filed Thursday, Downing wrote that Manafort is unable to adequately prepare for his two upcoming trails, the first of which starts later this month, while locked up.

But they are appealing Judge Amy Berman Jackson's decision to send him to jail.

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