Our First Look at Paul Manafort in All His Inmate Glory

Our First Look at Paul Manafort in All His Inmate Glory

To assist in that review, Ellis ordered Manafort moved Tuesday from a jail cell in Warsaw, Va., where he has been held since his bail was revoked last month, to the Alexandria Detention Center to be closer to his attorneys.

In a recent phone call, they say, he explained in vague terms why he wanted to go to trial first in District of Columbia federal court, where he faces related charges in a trial set for September. During his time at Northern Neck jail, ABC News reported that Manafort stayed in a cell by himself in the facility's VIP section, surrounded by walls painted in two shades of brown: bagel and biscuit.

The 69-year old is now under arrest for bank fraud and money laundering with his criminal trial set to commence later this month.

A mugshot was released by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office after Manafort was booked into the Alexandria Detention Center.

Manafort has even "developed a workaround" to send emails, which prisoners normally would not be allowed to do, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors also say Manafort is not required to wear a uniform, has access to a personal telephone and laptop, and has been heard on monitored phone calls comparing his treatment to that of a "VIP". Last week, attorneys for Manafort asked the court to delay Manafort's trial, claiming their client's detention at the rural facility put an unfair burden on pretrial preparations and specifically cited the distance - more than 100 miles - from Warsaw to Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, Ellis denied Manafort's request, and for the second time in as many days ordered him to be moved.

Moreover, they pointed out that Manafort told someone in a separate phone call on July 4 that he is able to consult his lawyers everyday, and that he has "all my files like I would at home".

Though Manafort's lawyers have said he spends almost all of his days in solitary confinement, prosecutors described his living arrangements as a "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units" with its own bathroom and shower.

"Think about how it'll play elsewhere", Manafort said, according to the court filing.

The judge nevertheless said in a June 21 order that Manafort must be given "reasonable opportunity for private consultation with counsel".

As for listening in on Manafort's phone calls, Nanavati wrote: "Armed with personal conversations between Mr. Manafort and his family, the special counsel selects snippets to support its version of events. When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said most of the documents handed over recently are from Manafort's own bookkeeping service and are not unfamiliar to him.

Manafort has mounted an aggressive defense against the special counsel, arguing that Mueller's mandate was too broad and that he was not authorized to charge Manafort with crimes unrelated to Russian collusion.

"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.

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

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