Mueller Filing: Manafort Says He's Treated Like 'VIP' with Prison Privileges

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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.

Special counsel Robert Mueller made a request in federal court Wednesday that hinted as to the future of his investigations into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.

Manafort's trial in Virginia is expected to begin later this month.

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For several weeks, they've complained that the 100-mile distance between Northern Neck Regional Jail in rural Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area is making it hard to prepare Manafort's defense. Instead, a judge made a decision to move Manafort into more a more traditional jail situation, though he will be kept separate from other inmates for his own safety. In other words, he had decided he wanted to stay in Northern Neck, where, the special counsel pointed out, Manafort had said he was being treated like a "VIP." Since then, Manafort's lawyers have said they can not properly prepare for a trial scheduled to start later this month with a client jailed two hours outside of Washington, D.C. They said they gained access to another prison call on June 20 in which Manafort told a listener skeptical about delaying the Virginia case and bringing forward a separate trial in Washington, D.C.

The prosecutors' filing says Manafort has everything he needs to prepare for the trial, including his own phone and computer.

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.

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Over the course of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's case in Virginia federal court, Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) Judge T.S. Ellis III has been an equal opportunity verbal smackdown deliverer.

Taped phone calls recorded Manafort saying he was treated like a "VIP", and had access to "all my files like I would at home", says Reuters.

They said Mueller's team 'does not pause to consider the reasons a detained defendant might have to make his situation sound better when speaking with concerned friends and family'.

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It's not clear yet whether or not Manafort will get the same perks in the new facility, but Ellis assured Manafort's legal team that the staff at the Alexandria Detention Center was "very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors".

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