Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

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

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

Ellis, a 77-year-old Ronald Reagan appointee, expressed skepticism that Mueller's team actually cares about the former Trump campaign chairman's alleged crimes, saying, "I don't see what relation this indictment has with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate". Prosecutors also told Judge T.S. Ellis III that Manafort has had multiple visits with his legal team each week. Manafort had initially complained about his detention in Northern Neck because, he said, it was too far for his lawyers to travel, and this was impeding his ability to prepare his defense in the two trials he faces, one later this month for bank fraud and failure to file income taxes and one in September in Washington, D.C., for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Manafort might be aware of this, so no wonder he's not looking particularly cheery about his current situation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office made the revelation in a court filing Wednesday arguing against postponing his trial in Alexandria, Virginia.

"On the monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a 'VIP, '" prosecutors quoted him as having said. In the last three weeks alone, he's had more than 100 phone calls with his lawyers and more than 200 with other people.

The judge was unmoved by Manafort's arguments.

Manafort has been jailed since last month after a judge revoked his house arrest. 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.

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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.

Manafort asked the court to move his July 25 trial date in Virginia back to allow for more time to prepare, but Mueller's team insists that Manafort's complaint "does not warrant the expansive relief sought".

Prosecutors also cited taped phone calls from prison in which Manafort remarked that he was being treated like a "VIP" and had access to "all my files like I would at home".

Defense lawyers, in response, said the government had selected "snippets" of the conversations to support their version of events.

Prosecutors say Paul Manafort gets special treatment during his pretrial confinement and there is no reason to delay the case against him.

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