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

Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016

Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016

Prosecutors also told Judge T.S. Ellis III that Manafort has had multiple visits with his legal team each week.

As more details have been revealed about the cushy set-up Paul Manafort has in his current jail, a federal judge doubled down on his order that Manafort be moved to a new detention center - an order Manafort unsuccessfully asked the judge to reverse even though he had complained about the location of the rural Virginia jail now holding him. Manafort doesn't have to wear a prison jumpsuit, the filing adds. "There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope in it".

Prosecutors say Manafort has a personal telephone that he uses to prepare for trial with lawyers.

Ellis, the judge in the Virginia case, has directed lawyers for both sides to appear on July 17, to argue about whether the case should be delayed or moved. "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer. can not be easily explained or resolved".

Ellis issued the order after Mueller's prosecutors challenged Manafort's complaints about the conditions in his current facility, citing visitor logs and recorded phone calls showing he was detained in comfort with nearly unfettered access to his legal team.

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The filing said that Manafort had made more than 300 phone calls in the last three weeks and even "developed a workaround" to outsmart a ban on inmates sending or receiving emails at Northern Neck regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia. The trial is scheduled to begin later this month.

"Manafort has spoken to his attorneys every day, and often, multiple times a day", the government observed. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted".

Prosecutors say the bulk of the documents handed over recently come from Manafort's own bookkeeping service, and so are not unfamiliar to him.

"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.

While the charges against Manafort center on his private work for a Russia-backed Ukranian political party, they were brought by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election/ Prosecutors say he got one favorable loan only because the bank chairman wanted a job in the Trump administration. His trial in the District involves federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges and the witness tampering charge.

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