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Prosecutors: Manafort says he's treated like 'VIP' in jail

Prosecutors: Manafort says he's treated like 'VIP' in jail

Former federal prosecutor Paul Butler said during Wednesday's "All In" that President Donald Trump, his family and his staff seem to have an air about them that they are above the law.

In earlier court filings, Mr. Manafort's attorney said the distance of Northern Neck jail - two hours from Washington, D.C. - has made it hard to adequately prepare for trial.

Since a federal judge revoked his bail last month, Manafort has lived in "a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units", featuring amenities that include "his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial", Mueller's team wrote.

The former Trump campaign head has allegedly made more than 300 calls to his attorneys and several others over the past three weeks.

Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager, had asked for his July 25 trial on bank and tax fraud charges to be delayed in large part because it was hard to prepare while incarcerated 100 miles away. They said they gained access to another prison call on June 20 in which Manafort told a listener skeptical about delaying the Virginia case and bringing forward a separate trial in Washington, D.C. Manafort's remarks appear to undermine his counsel's argument that detaining their client unfairly impedes their ability to prepare for trial. He also has a personal laptop, they say, with an extension cord so he can use it in his unit and not just the workroom.

The government said Mr. Manafort's conditions are not "more restrictive than other inmates" and in various ways, "less restrictive".

But visitor logs and recordings of phone calls show that isn't the case, prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday opposing Manafort's request for a delay.

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"Review of that material can be accomplished well in advance of the July 25 trial date and does not warrant a months-long adjournment", the government filings said.

Updated at 2:05 p.m.

Manafort had argued that being held at the jail, about 100 miles from Washington, D.C., kept him from meeting easily with his legal team.

On Wednesday, Ellis issued another written order denying Manafort's request and he should be moved to the Alexandria detention center.

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

Manafort responded by asking that he be allowed to stay in Warsaw, citing concerns about safety and "the challenges he will face in adjusting to a new place of confinement" two weeks before trial. He instructed the U.S. Marshals Service to move Manafort to Alexandria, as he initially planned.


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