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

Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016

Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016

Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, was sent to jail after prosecutors accused him on tampering with witnesses.

According to The Washington Post, Manafort - who has been charged with financial- and foreign lobbying-related crimes as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe - is being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia. Visitor and phone logs also indicate that Manafort meets with his legal team multiple times a week, has had over 100 phone calls with them since being incarcerated, and another 200 calls with other individuals, the filing said.

Manafort had earlier claimed it was hard to prepare for his trial, slated to begin July 25, because he was almost 100 miles from Alexandria. He had asked for a postponement until after a separate trial in Washington, D.C., where he faces similar charges.

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U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III on Tuesday ordered Manafort's transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center from the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, which is 85 miles away.

A federal judge in Alexandria has ordered Paul Manafort to be moved to the city jail, although Manafort has asked to stay in a Northern Neck facility where prosecutors say he is receiving special treatment. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted". In a document dated July 10 but made public on Wednesday, Ellis wrote: "It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem". As he told someone in another monitored phone call: I have "all my files like I would at home". "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer. can not be easily explained or resolved".

Furthermore, prosecutors said Mr. Manafort has his own bathroom and shower, a self-contained living unit - instead of a cell - that is larger than other inmates' space and he is not required to wear a prison uniform. 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". (Mueller, in court filings, would rebut media reports that it was a no-knock raid). He has pleaded not guilty.

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"C$3 ontrary to Manafort's assertions about his jail conditions, Manafort is in a private unit in which he can review materials and prepare for trial", the special counsel said in its brief.

Updated at 2:05 p.m.

The judge hasn't ruled on that request.

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