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Here’s the Paul Manafort mugshot we’ve all been waiting for

13 July, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Paul Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman

Ellis, a 77-year-old Ronald Reagan appointee, expressed skepticism that Mueller's team actually cares about the former Trump campaign chairman's alleged crimes, saying, "I don't see what relation this indictment has with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate".

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). Manafort might be aware of this, so no wonder he's not looking particularly cheery about his current situation.

A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, has ordered Paul Manafort moved to that city's jail to prepare for his upcoming trial on bank and tax fraud charges. 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". He had asked for a postponement until after a separate trial in Washington, D.C., where he faces similar charges. In the last three weeks alone, he's had more than 100 phone calls with his lawyers and more than 200 with other people.

In yet another twist, despite initially arguing that being held at the rural jail hurt his case, Manafort opposed the judge's order, asking to stay at Northern Neck and citing "safety" concerns as the rationale for staying put.

The documents were filed by federal prosecutors opposing Mr. Manafort's request to delay his Virginia trial for months.

Manafort's legal team shot back in their own filing Wednesday, calling prosecutors' characterization of Manafort's living conditions as "self-serving and inaccurate".

But Manafort's attorneys complained about the distance they had to regularly travel to meet with him in an effort to delay his trial.

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. Visitors' logs show Manafort having multiple visits each week with his lawyers, according to the prosecutors.

Paul Manafort is being treated like a "VIP" in prison, with a private bathroom and shower, a personal laptop and phone, and access to a meeting space for his legal team, Special Counsel Robert Mueller told a judge.

Defense lawyers, in response, said the government had selected "snippets" of the conversations to support their version of events.

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