Paul Manafort Is Getting Transferred out of His 'VIP' Prison

A hearing to discuss Manafort's request for a trial postponement is scheduled for July 17.

While Manafort was not required to wear a jail-issued uniform at Northern Neck Regional Jail where he was being housed until Thursday morning, Bertsch says all inmates at the jail in Alexandria are required to wear the dark green jail jumpsuits used at that facility.

While the judge has ordered Manafort to change jails, he hasn't ruled on the larger motion to delay the trial.

In a rebuttal, Manafort's lawyers said the effort put into monitoring their client's phone calls showed that Mueller had "unlimited resources" and accused his office of choosing conversations "to support its version of events". The request was made in a filing on Wednesday.

Last week, Manafort's lawyers complained that he has to spend 23 hours in solitary confinement in the unit. The search was not too broad, as Manafort had alleged, and did not violate his constitutional rights, Ellis said. The subpoenas would require their recipients to testify in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria on July 25, when Manafort's trial in Virginia is set to begin.

He additionally is charged with obstruction of justice, which relates to the allegations of attempted witness tampering.

Manafort has had hundreds of phone calls with his lawyers and even more with others and has sent emails through his lawyers to outside contacts, the special counsel's office wrote in the filing.

But Manafort's legal team didn't complain until the last minute, the US said.

"Think about how it'll play elsewhere", Manafort said in a recorded phone call from jail cited by prosecutors.

The developments came as Manafort gets closer to two trials where he will defend himself against a number of charges ranging from bank fraud to failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.

"The Special Counsel does not pause to consider the reasons a detained defendant might have to make his situation sound better when speaking with concerned friends and family". Ellis said he made that decision in response to Manafort's complaints about the difficulty in getting ready for the trial.

The court document claims Manafort has "unique privileges" at the Warsaw jail.

Ellis also wrote that "it is suprising and confusing" when defense counsel identifies a problem "and then opposes the most logical solution to that program".

A judge ordered the transfer after Manafort's lawyers complained it was hard for them and him to prepare for his trial because he was being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day in a Warsaw, Virginia, jail located a two-hour drive from his attorneys' Washington office.

  • Joey Payne