Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

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

Paul Manafort says he's being treated like a

Mueller is now prosecuting Manafort in two separate criminal cases in Virginia and Washington, DC on a dozen criminal charges including tax and bank fraud, conspiracy, lying to investigators, and obstruction of justice.

Ellis was first prompted to order Manafort's transfer from Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, to the detention center in Alexandria after Manafort complained about the location of Northern Neck in a court filing. To make their case, they cited recorded jail calls and prison logs suggesting Manafort is getting treated better than most detainees, not worse.

Last week, attorneys for Manafort asked the court to delay Manafort's trial, claiming their client's detention at the rural facility put an unfair burden on pretrial preparations and specifically citing the distance - more than 100 miles - from Warsaw to Washington, D.C. Manafort also cited the lengthy commute in waiving his right to appear at pretrial hearings. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the filing stated.

He's even got his own "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units", the filing says. "There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope to it".

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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 told his listener to "think about how it'll play elsewhere".

Manafort was previously out on bond and under house arrest after being charged, but a federal judge revoked his bail and ordered that he go to jail after prosecutors accused him and an associate of witness tampering. Mr. Manafort's attorneys have sought to push back his trial until fall, alleging his incarceration has made it hard to communicate. 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 judge made a different call. "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer to Alexandria Detention Center can not be easily explained or resolved". He instructed the U.S. Marshals Service to move Manafort to Alexandria, as he initially planned.

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