Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Manafort Gets to Move to Jail Closer to His Pending Trial

Manafort Gets to Move to Jail Closer to His Pending Trial Manafort Gets to Move to Jail Closer to His Pending Trial
Melinda Barton | 12 July, 2018, 01:39

But the special counsel's team reported on Wednesday that Manafort told an unnamed person by phone that "I've gone through all the discovery now", only days before his lawyers filed a motion to continue the case.

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.

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has said in monitored jail phone calls that he's being treated like a "VIP" while behind bars.

The jail superintendent at Northern Neck said in June that despite Manafort being held in the self-contained unit, he is not receiving special treatment.

For now the trial in Virginia is still set to begin July 25.

But the government in opposing court filings painted a picture of Mr. Manafort being treated like a king in prison, noting that he has access to a personal telephone, laptop with extension chord for private use in his own unit and access to all documents. Manafort doesn't even have to wear a prison jumpsuit. As he told someone in another monitored phone call: I have "all my files like I would at home".

Mueller's team also notified the court that Manafort has apparently developed a "workaround" for sending emails from jail, which is forbidden at Warsaw, by reading and drafting messages on a separate laptop transported in and out of jail by his lawyers.

On Wednesday, Ellis issued another written order denying Manafort's request and he should be moved to the Alexandria detention center. According to the filing, Manafort reads and writes emails on a second laptop that his team brings in and out of the prison.

Defense attorneys voiced those concerns in a motion last week asking for the case to be pushed back to this fall, after Manafort goes on trial on related charges in District of Columbia federal court. Mr. Manafort's attorneys have sought to push back his trial until fall, alleging his incarceration has made it hard to communicate.

Manafort has also asked for the Virginia trial to be moved to Roanoke, saying northern Virginians were too overwhelmed with news stories about the case and too hostile toward the Trump administration to give him a fair trial.

The judge made a different call.

In the tweet below, you can see the Mueller footnote accusing Manafort of skirting jail rules.

"It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem", Ellis wrote.