Manafort No Longer Wants To Move Jails While He Awaits Trial

Manafort No Longer Wants To Move Jails While He Awaits Trial

Lawyers working for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller objected Wednesday to Manafort's bid to delay the trial scheduled for July 25 in Alexandria, Va.

Prosecutors say Manafort has a personal telephone that he uses to prepare for trial with lawyers. Federal prosecutors argued on Wednesday against postponing his financial crimes trial.

Manafort has not been seen since a DC federal judge revoked his bail and sent him to the regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia, about two hours from DC, for alleged witness tampering.

"Manafort has revealed on the monitored phone calls that 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", Mueller's team said.

Manafort's legal team shot back in their own filing Wednesday, calling prosecutors' characterization of Manafort's living conditions as "self-serving and inaccurate".

Judge T.S. Ellis, overseeing the Alexandria case, ordered Manafort's transfer after the defendant argued that he could not properly prepare for the trial because he was too far away from his lawyers, Reuters reports.

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".

"Apparently, but unsurprisingly, the Special Counsel has taken the time to assign personnel to listen to all of the non-privileged phone calls Mr. Manafort makes from jail", they said.

Mueller added that "contrary to Manafort's assertions about his jail conditions", Manafort is not confined to a cell, has a private unit with access to a workroom each morning, and has had regular visits from his attorneys. That's how they know about his "VIP" remark and it's how they know that the claim he can't prepare for the trial is nonsense. Manafort denies all the charges. His Washington, D.C., trial is set to kick off in September.

Paul Manafort arrived at the jail in Alexandria, Virginia - the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center - Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson for the Alexandria Sheriff's Office. He has not ruled on whether the trial should be delayed or moved to another location.

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