Prosecutors: Paul Manafort Says He's Being Treated Like a 'VIP' in Jail

Prosecutors: Paul Manafort Says He's Being Treated Like a 'VIP' in Jail

But on Tuesday, Manafort resisted being moved to Alexandria, arguing that while the city jail would be more convenient, he did not want to adjust to new circumstances so close to trial. "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center can not easily be explained or resolved".

Paul Manafort thinks he's being treated like a "VIP" in jail, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said in a court filing Wednesday that argued his July 15 trail should not be delayed.

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 government disputes this, noting that in a taped phone conversation, Manafort was heard saying, "I've gone through all the discovery now", and that he has "all my files, like I would at home". "There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope to it". He's also considering Manafort's bid to move the trial to either Richmond or Roanoke, Virginia. On the monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a "VIP'".

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

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.

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But within hours of the judge's order, attorneys for Manafort asked that their client remain at Northern Neck, citing "his safety", among other things, even though they had complained his detention there was hurting his defense.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, who is overseeing Manafort's case in Virginia, denied Manafort's motion to keep the evidence gathered in the raid on Manafort's Virginia residence from use at trial. (Mueller, in court filings, would rebut media reports that it was a no-knock raid).

Manafort's lawyers did not respond to a request for comment. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

"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's prosecution spawned out of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. They added that Manafort did not raise questions about his access to his attorneys or documents to prepare his defense.

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