Manafort mugshot revealed after he’s moved to new jail

Manafort mugshot revealed after he’s moved to new jail

The cases are U.S. v. Manafort, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington), and 18-cr-83, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria).

Judge T.S. Ellis, who is overseeing the Alexandria case, ordered a hearing for Tuesday to weigh motions by Manafort to move the first trial to a more Trump-friendly area of Virginia and to postpone it until after the Washington trial was done.

Prosecutors say Manafort has a personal telephone that he uses to prepare for trial with lawyers.

Officials confirm the former Trump campaign chairman was booked Thursday morning into the Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia, a complex of low-slung brick buildings just off the Capital Beltway and a few blocks from the federal courthouse where he will be tried later this month on bank and tax fraud charges.

On monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has said he's been treated like a "VIP," Mueller said. In Northern Neck facility, where Manafort was held previously, he had a private phone and computer and did not have to wear a uniform, according to prosecutors.

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

Though Manafort's lawyers have said he spends almost all of his days in solitary confinement, prosecutors described his living arrangements as a "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units" with its own bathroom and shower.

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The special counsel's lawyers reported that the jail in Warsaw doesn't allow prisoners to send emails but that Manafort "appears to have developed a workaround" by reading and drafting messages on a second laptop that's brought in and out of the jail by his legal team. To make their case, they cited recorded jail calls and prison logs suggesting Manafort has been getting better treatment than most detainees, not worse. His trial in Alexandria is set for July 25.

In a rebuttal, Manafort's lawyers said the effort put into monitoring their client's phone calls showed that Mueller had "unlimited resources" and accused his office of choosing conversations "to support its version of events". The "Defendant's access to counsel and his ability to prepare for trial trumps his personal comfort", noted Ellis. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the prosecutors said.

In a Washington, D.C., court filing in which he described his jailing, Manafort had said he is kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day.

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. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Manafort's trial on those charges, which include obstruction of justice and violations of federal lobbying laws, is scheduled for September.

The special counsel said Manafort's actions violated federal law, and therefore violated the terms of his pretrial release. But the judges overseeing both cases against Manafort recently struck down those arguments.

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

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