After judge's order, former Trump campaign manager arrives at new jail

Saul Bowman
July 14, 2018

But on Thursday, July 12, Paul Manafort was removed from Northern Neck Regional Jail and was booked into the Alexandria Detention Center.

Paul Manafort has moved, over his objections, to a new jail with a history of illustrious guests.

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.

The court document claims Manafort has "unique privileges" at the Warsaw jail. They said they gained access to another prison call on June 20 in which Manafort spoke with someone skeptical about delaying the Virginia case and bringing forward a separate trial in Washington, D.C.

Manafort was ordered to jail by a federal judge in the District of Columbia, where he faces charges stemming from his work for a Russia-backed political party in Ukraine. They claimed they needed more time to prepare their defense, and they pointed to the location of Manafort's jail as part of the problem.

The prosecutors' descriptions of his jail conditions imply that Manafort has had a far easier living situation than other inmates.

"We may not be as wrapped up in the case as people in Northern Virginia - where politics is the biggest local industry - but is there really a registered voter in Southwest Virginia who has not heard of Manafort's indictment and special counsel Robert Mueller's larger investigation?" the editors asked. His attorneys had told courts he was being held in "solitary confinement" and struggled to prepare for his trials with his lawyers because of the 100 miles between him and the legal team.

As for listening in on Manafort's phone calls, Nanavati wrote: "Armed with personal conversations between Mr. Manafort and his family, the special counsel selects snippets to support its version of events".

In fact, Manafort has reported, in a taped prison call, that he has reviewed all discovery: Just days before filing his motion for a continuance, Manafort told the person on the call that, "I've gone through all the discovery now".

"Mr. Manafort is innocent and nothing about the latest allegation changes our defense", Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said.

Prosecutors noted that US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the Washington, DC, case, ordered that Manafort "be afforded reasonable opportunity for private consultation with counsel".

"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", the USA said. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the prosecutors said. He denied Manafort's request to throw out from the trial evidence investigators had obtained from his apartment in Alexandria last July.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty.

While the Virginia case appears to be a fairly straightforward bank fraud and money-laundering prosecution, the Washington case may be more politically perilous to the White House because it could touch on the Trump campaign's possible connections to pro-Russian forces.

"Manafort can hardly now complain about the order of the trials", the special counsel's attorneys said.

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