Judge orders Paul Manafort moved to suburban Washington jail

Judge orders Paul Manafort moved to suburban Washington jail

U.S. should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE is asking a federal court in Virginia for 100 blank subpoenas in the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManafort fails in second bid to suppress storage-unit evidence Judge orders Manafort be moved to jail closer to DC Giuliani worked for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney: report MORE.

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.

Prosecutors says he is being held in a private living unit larger than where other inmates stay that has its own bathroom, shower, telephone and workspace, and he has a laptop with an extension cord he can use daily in his room at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia.

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".

Manafort has also asked for the Virginia trial to be moved to Roanoke, saying northern Virginians were too overwhelmed with news stories about the case and too hostile toward the Trump administration to give him a fair trial.

On Tuesday, Judge T.S. Ellis sought to address Manafort's complaint about the remoteness of the jail by ordering him moved to a jail in Alexandria, Virginia closer to his attorneys and his home.

Ellis concluded that Manafort's ability to prepare for trial "trumps his personal comfort". The unit also has a personal laptop which can be used in both his unit and his separate workroom.

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Manafort asked for the delay on the grounds he has been unable to prepare for his trial properly since being jailed.

Between the two cases, Manafort's lawyers say the government has produced about 2 million pages of documents, tens of thousands of which came in the past few months. 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.

In a D.C. court filing in which he described his jailing, Manafort had said he is kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day.

"When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the prosecutors wrote. To make their case, they cited recorded jail calls and prison logs suggesting Manafort is getting treated better than most detainees, not worse. That trial is scheduled to start September 17. Manafort denies all the charges.

"Manafort can hardly now complain about the order of the trials", the special counsel attorneys said.

Manafort's lawyers did not respond to a request for comment.

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