Politics Paul Manafort thinks he's being treated like a 'VIP' in jail, special counsel says

22:32  11 july  2018
22:32  11 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Paul Manafort being held in solitary confinement, lawyers say

  Paul Manafort being held in solitary confinement, lawyers say The former Trump campaign manager is being held in solitary confinement in a Virginia cell for 23 hours a day, his lawyers said.Manafort, according to his lawyer, is being secluded because correctional officials “cannot otherwise guarantee his safety.

Trump’ s former presidential campaign chairman is detained while awaiting trial on charges of financial crimes.

"[C]ontrary to Manafort ' s assertions about his jail conditions, Manafort is in a private unit in which he can review materials and prepare for trial," the special counsel said in its brief. The government' s description makes it sound somewhat more like a hotel room with some restrictions.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on May 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) © Mark Wilson/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on May 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Prosecutors say Paul Manafort's July trial in the Eastern District of Virginia should not be postponed as Manafort requested -- and they drop several details about Manafort's extensive contact with the outside world while he's behind bars.

Manafort has had hundreds of phone calls to his lawyers and even more to others from jail and sent emails through his lawyers to outside contacts, special counsel Robert Mueller's team wrote in a new filing. Regarding how he's prepared for trial, prosecutors heard him say on a taped call that he's reviewed all evidence before his trial, met with his lawyers every day and has "all my files like I would at home," the filing says.

Manafort Gets to Move to Jail Closer to His Pending Trial

  Manafort Gets to Move to Jail Closer to His Pending Trial Paul Manafort, who has been held in solitary confinement in an eastern Virginia jail, will move to a facility closer to the courthouse where he faces a July 25 trial. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III on Tuesday ordered Manafort’s transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center from the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, which is 85 miles away. Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, was sent to jail after prosecutors accused him on tampering with witnesses.

Former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort has boasted " he is being treated like a ' VIP '" in jail as he awaits his upcoming trials on federal criminal charges, a new court filing by special counsel Robert Mueller' s team revealed Wednesday.

Paul Manafort may not be a free man. But the former Donald Trump campaign chairman’s jail conditions are hardly the stuff of Alcatraz. According to telephone calls being monitored by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, Manafort has recently told people he ’ s being treated like a “ VIP ” at

"On the monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a 'VIP'," the filing stated.

The filing also gives a few more details about the "solitary confinement" conditions Manafort's attorneys previously described -- making it sound like he's had a far easier living situation than other jail inmates.

Prosecutors says he is being held in a private living unit larger than where other inmates stay that has its own bathroom, shower, telephone and workspace, and he has a laptop with an extension cord he can use daily in his room at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia. Manafort doesn't have to wear a prison jumpsuit, the filing adds.

Manafort has even used a workaround, prosecutors allege, to send more emails than he's allowed on the laptop he has in jail.

To send those extra emails, he "reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team. When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted," the filing stated.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

Manafort being kept in solitary confinement 23 hours per day to ‘guarantee his safety’ .
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day to "guarantee his safety," according to documents his attorney filed in court this week."He is locked in his cell for at least 23 hours per day (excluding visits from his attorneys)," defense attorney Kevi"He is locked in his cell for at least 23 hours per day (excluding visits from his attorneys)," defense attorney Kevin Downing wrote in an appeal for Manafort's release.

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