Judge orders Paul Manafort moved to suburban Washington 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

"On the monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a "VIP", the filing stated.

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.

The filing also gives a few more details about the "solitary confinement" conditions Manafort's attorneys previously described - making it sound like he's had a far easier living situation than other jail inmates.

Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager, had asked for his July 25 trial on bank and tax fraud charges to be delayed in large part because it was hard to prepare while incarcerated 100 miles away. Manafort is incarcerated in Virginia, and he recently asked the court to push back the latter trial date, arguing that the circumstances of his incarceration mean he won't be ready for the trial in time.

U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis ordered defense attorneys and prosecutors to appear July 17 in court for oral arguments on delaying the trial.

One of the two indictments against Manafort is in Washington, DC, and the other is in Virginia.

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Ellis concluded that Manafort's ability to prepare for trial "trumps his personal comfort". According to the filing, Manafort reads and writes emails on a second laptop that his team brings in and out of the prison.

"It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem", Ellis wrote. 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 to the Alexandria Detention Center can not easily be explained or resolved". Manafort doesn't even have to wear a prison jumpsuit. The government's description makes it sound somewhat more like a hotel room with some restrictions. (Mueller, in court filings, would rebut media reports that it was a no-knock raid).

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.

They also recently provided Manafort with 8,290 documents from the computer of his former business partner, Richard Gates, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the prosecution. The trial is scheduled 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.

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