Manafort transferred to Alexandria jail, mugshot released

Larry Hoffman
July 13, 2018

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, April 4. The prosecution argues Manafort's lawyers selected conversations "to support its version of events", but in actuality Manafort has had "unlimited resources" to prepare for the upcoming trial.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who ordered that Mueller be moved from a prison about 100 miles away from D.C.to Alexandria to have closer contact with his legal team, gave Mueller's team until Friday to respond. Manafort might be aware of this, so no wonder he's not looking particularly cheery about his current situation.

Paul Manafort has been treated like a "VIP" in jail, with a private bathroom and shower, a personal laptop and phone, and access to a meeting space for his legal team, Special Counsel Robert Mueller told a judge.

Manafort asked for the delay on the grounds he has been unable to prepare for his trial properly since being jailed. Manafort's not required to wear a prison uniform and isn't confined to a cell from 8:30 a.m.to 10 p.m., Mueller said.

Manafort is charged with bank and tax fraud in eastern Virginia and is separately charged in Washington with counts including money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

A mugshot released by the sheriff's office shows an unsmiling Manafort with graying hair and light facial stubble four weeks after the former Trump campaign chairman was locked up in a Virginia facility.

"While the opposition does not generally misrepresent the confinement conditions, its cavalier dismissal of the challenges of preparing for back-to-back complex white collar criminal trials while the defendant is in custody shows a lack of concern with fairness or due process", the lawyers wrote. He also wants the trial moved to Roanoke. Federal prosecutors argued on Wednesday against postponing his financial crimes trial.

Manafort was sent to jail June 15 as a judge agreed there was no way to restrain the lobbyist from alleged witness tampering if he remained on the outside.

They also said Manafort has said in the calls that he is able to visit with his lawyers every day and that he has 'all my files like I would at home'.

The context for Manafort's comment wasn't clear but he is facing charges related to his work on behalf of clients overseas, including the onetime government of Ukraine and a powerful Russian oligarch.

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