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

12 July, 2018, 05:11 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Paul Manafort says he's being treated 'like a VIP' in jail

Manafort, who was President Trump's campaign chairman for several months, last week asked for his July 25 trial in Alexandria federal court to be delayed until this fall, saying his incarceration in Virginia's Northern Neck has made it too hard to prepare.

Also on Wednesday, Mueller's office filed a motion in the Washington case notifying the court of its intent to present evidence at trial about a Justice Department inspection into Manafort's lobbying activities in the 1980's. Phone logs show that he has made more than 300 calls, including more than 100 to his lawyers.

Prosecutors say Paul Manafort's July trial in the Eastern District of Virginia should not be postponed as Manafort requested - and they drop several details about Manafort's extensive contact with the outside world while he's behind bars.

Manafort asked to delay the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, until after he's been tried in Washington where he's accused of failing to register in the U.S.as an agent of Ukraine and of laundering millions of dollars.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered Manafort be moved to a closer detention facility in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Prosecutors say Manafort's almost unlimited access to his lawyers means he should have no problem preparing for the trial.

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.

In case you missed it, Manafort's team argued earlier that their client's living conditions in jail were preventing him from adequately preparing for his trial.

Between the two cases, Manafort's lawyers say the government has produced about 2 million pages of documents, tens of thousands of which came in the past few months.

"In order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team", prosecutors explained.

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Prosecutors also said they were in touch with Manafort's lawyers as recently as last week to ask if he had any concerns about being incarcerated, and said he had not raised any issues until now. Manafort's not required to wear a prison uniform and isn't confined to a cell from 8:30 a.m.to 10 p.m., Mueller said. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted".

Manafort's trial in Virginia is expected to begin later this month.

Manafort has been held there since June 15, when a judge in Washington, D.C., ordered him detained, partly because of new charges that he had attempted to tamper with witnesses.

Manafort has also argued that his trial should be moved from Alexandria to Roanoke, where jurors are more likely to support the president, his attorneys told the court.

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