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Manafort treated like 'VIP' in jail, prosecutors say

Manafort treated like 'VIP' in jail, prosecutors say

A filing from special counsel Robert Mueller's office might shed some light on why Manafort wanted to stay where he is. Still, when Alexandria federal judge T.S. Ellis III ordered him transferred to a facility closer to the courthouse, the former worldwide political consultant rebelled, arguing he was better off staying put.

"It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem", wrote Judge Ellis. A day earlier, Ellis had denied Manafort's attempt to throw out the evidence from boxes of business files investigators found in a storage unit.

The prosecutors' filing says Manafort has everything he needs to prepare for the trial, including his own phone and computer. Here the judge will also consider a request to have the trial moved to another city - Manafort argues he can not get a fair trial in Alexandria due to the publicity of his case. Manafort's trial on those charges, which include obstruction of justice and violations of federal lobbying laws, is scheduled for September.

Manafort's lawyers responded Wednesday saying Mueller's description of his jail conditions, while generally accurate, were a "cavalier dismissal of the challenges of preparing for back-to-back complex white collar criminal trials" while locked up. "There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope in it". They also noted that he speaks to his legal team on a daily basis, with no limits set on how many calls he can make or emails he can send.

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Inmates are seen at the jail in the stock photo on the bottom right. They say Manafort has not been required to wear a prison uniform, and has a private telephone, a separate workspace and access to two laptops. In Alexandria, there are no private electronics for inmates, and Manafort was wearing a green jumpsuit when his mug shot was taken Thursday. In the meantime, he said Manafort would be moved from the Northern Neck to the jail in Alexandria, in suburban Washington, "to ensure that the defendant has access to his counsel and can adequately prepare his defense". The judge in that case, Amy Berman Jackson, ordered Manafort to be jailed last month after he was accused of attempting to convince potential witnesses to lie on the stand.

Manafort's complaints about the jail conditions were the basis for a request to delay the trial.

"They said, 'My bad, we're not going to do that anymore, ' " according to Hull. Manafort's charges in both cases stem from his work for pro-Russian Ukrainian political interests.

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