Judge moves Manafort to new jail closer to trial site

Mueller argued today that the revocation of Manafort's bail has not been "unduly interfering with his ability to prepare for trial", especially as his living circumstances are "in various ways less restrictive" than for other inmates.

Manafort, who was President Donald Trump's campaign chairman for several months, last week asked for his July 25 trial in Alexandria federal court to be delayed until this fall, saying his incarceration in Virginia's Northern Neck has made it too hard to prepare.

Recipients of the subpoenas would be expected to appear in a U.S. District Court in Alexandria on July 25 - the date of the beginning of the trial for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The back-and-forth matters because Manafort has cited restrictive conditions of his pretrial detention as a reason to postpone his case on bank and tax fraud charges until at least the autumn.

Prosecutors say Manafort's almost unlimited access to his lawyers means he should have no problem preparing for the trial. But when Manafort's transfer was ordered, his lawyers protested, citing the logistical complications and stress of moving to a new facility.


In their court filing Wednesday, prosecutors sought to pick apart Manafort's arguments that he needs to delay the trial because of his jail conditions.

The judge assured that the Alexandria jail was "very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors", according to the LA Times, adding on Wednesday that, "it is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem".

Originally confined to the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, Manafort complained the lock-up was too far away from the courts and his attorneys, making it effectively impossible for him to prepare for trial. Manafort's charges in both cases stem from his work for pro-Russian Ukrainian political interests. Manafort received three meals a day in his approximately 14x14 foot VIP section cell, which came equipped with a toilet, a shower, a place to sit, a small table, a TV with basic cable, and a phone to make outgoing collect calls.

Paul Manafort has lost his bid to get out of jail while appealing a trial judge's order that put him there. Prosecutors with the special counsel asked the judge to jail Manafort after learning that he had attempted to contact potential government witnesses in the days after Mueller brought a superseding indictment against him.

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.


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