US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort may face evidence at trial about alleged wrongdoing in the 1980s and lost a bid to stay at a jail where he said he was being treated like a "VIP," court papers on Wednesday showed.
Manafort's lawyers first sought to use the distance from the Northern Neck facility as a reason to delay his July 25 trial.
Paul Manafort may be in jail, but he's getting treated better than other inmates, according to special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is arguing against Manafort's call for his trial date to be pushed back.
The government said Mr. Manafort's conditions are not "more restrictive than other inmates" and in various ways, "less restrictive".
The dueling court filings are part of an ongoing tussle over Manafort's confinement that began after a judge revoked his house arrest last month and ordered him jailed on witness tampering allegations.
Judge T.S. Ellis, overseeing the Alexandria case, ordered Manafort's transfer after the defendant argued that he could not properly prepare for the trial because he was too far away from his lawyers, Reuters reports. DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger Mueller filing: Manafort has personal phone, laptop, not required to wear prison uniform MORE was released on Thursday as he was moved to a jail that is closer to Washington, D.C.
Judge Ellis addressed Manafort's complaints about location by ordering his transfer to an Alexandria prison.
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". Ellis appeared to be frustrated by Manafort's attorneys when they expressed concerns with their client's safety after the judge made a decision to ease travel burdens they complained about.
The prosecutors' filing says Manafort has everything he needs to prepare for the trial, including his own phone and computer.
They also said Manafort has said in the calls that he is able to visit with his lawyers every day and that he has 'all my files like I would at home'. He instructed the U.S. Marshals Service to move Manafort to Alexandria, as he initially planned. "Specific details about Mr. Manafort's confinement will not be made public due to security and privacy concerns". His Washington, D.C., trial is set to kick off in September.