Manafort says he’s being treated like a 'VIP' in jail: Court filing

Paul Manafort says he's being treated 'like a VIP' in jail

Manafort treated as prison ‘VIP’ with his own bathroom, shower, and phone

The special counsel Robert Mueller's office used Paul Manafort's own words against him in a new court filing Wednesday.

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. Visitor and phone logs also indicate that Manafort meets with his legal team multiple times a week, has had over 100 phone calls with them since being incarcerated, and another 200 calls with other individuals, the filing said.

Manafort is scheduled to stand trial on financial crimes starting July 25.

Manafort asked to delay the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, until after he's been tried in Washington where he's accused of failing to register in the U.S.as an agent of Ukraine and of laundering millions of dollars.

Manafort filed a motion last week asking for his trial to be delayed until this fall, because it was impossible to fully prepare due to distance and with limited electronic and phone access.

In case you missed it, Manafort's team argued earlier that their client's living conditions in jail were preventing him from adequately preparing for his trial.

Prosecutors also say that Manafort is working around prison restrictions on sending and receiving emails.

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"Manafort has revealed on the monitored phone calls that in order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team", Mueller's team said.

Judge T.S. Ellis gave the special counsel prosecuting Manafort until Friday to respond to those motions.

Last week, Manafort's lawyers complained that he has to spend 23 hours in solitary confinement in the unit.

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

"When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the prosecutors wrote.

But prosecutors wrote that in a taped phone call from prison, Manafort told the person on the other end, "I've gone through all the discovery now". His Washington, D.C., trial is set to kick off in September.

Manafort, in his suppression request, argued that the warrant wasn't specific enough in describing the evidence it sought to seize, and that its scope was broader than the probable cause on which it was based. Ellis denied Manafort's motion Wednesday and ordered Manafort transferred. He instructed the U.S. Marshals Service to move Manafort to Alexandria, as he initially planned.

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