Prosecutors: Manafort says he's treated like 'VIP' in jail

Prosecutors: Manafort says he's treated like 'VIP' in jail

Prosecutors: Manafort says he's treated like 'VIP' in jail

Manafort was remanded to a jail in Warsaw, Virginia about 100 miles from Washington following Mueller's allegations that he was tampering with witnesses. The judge added that Manafort's "access to counsel and his ability to prepare for trial trumps his personal comfort". He has not ruled on whether the trial should be delayed or moved to another location. "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center can not easily be explained or resolved".

Special counsel prosecutors filed a brief Wednesday opposing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's motion to continue his trial, and their filing revealed quite a bit about the conditions of his detention.

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.

"Manafort told the person on the call that, "I've gone through all the discovery now", according to the filing. "There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope to it".

Manafort speaks to his attorneys every day and often multiple times a day, they said. He is allowed to write emails and make an unlimited number of 15-minute calls to his lawyers.

He has his own "self-contained living unit", prosecutors wrote, which has a bathroom, shower, and a bed. He has a personal laptop on which he can review materials from the case and access to his own workspace to meet with his legal team, they said.

The prosecutors' filing says Manafort has everything he needs to prepare for the trial, including his own phone and computer.

Manafort has been held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va., since another federal judge presiding over his case in Washington, D.C., revoked his bail last month. He has not reached out, they said in court filings.

Manafort, in his suppression request, argued that the warrant wasn't specific enough in describing the evidence it sought to seize, and that its scope was broader than the probable cause on which it was based.

Prosecutors say the bulk of the documents handed over recently come from Manafort's own bookkeeping service, and so are not unfamiliar to him. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The trial is scheduled to begin later this month.

Manafort has mounted an aggressive defense against the special counsel, arguing that Mueller's mandate was too broad and that he was not authorized to charge Manafort with crimes unrelated to Russian collusion.

"Manafort can hardly now complain about the order of the trials", the special counsel attorneys said. But the judges overseeing both cases against Manafort recently struck down those arguments.

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