Federal Judge Burned Manafort in Footnote and Robert Mueller Clearly Noticed

Federal Judge Burned Manafort in Footnote and Robert Mueller Clearly Noticed

Federal Judge Burned Manafort in Footnote and Robert Mueller Clearly Noticed

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, April 4.

Judge T.S. Ellis gave the special counsel prosecuting Manafort until Friday to respond to those motions.

"Among the unique privileges Manafort enjoys at the jail are a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units, his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial", the prosecutors wrote.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered Manafort be moved to a closer detention facility in Alexandria, Virginia.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered that Manafort, who was indicted as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation, move to the Arlington jail so he could better communicate with his lawyers. 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.

Mueller's team argued in its filing that an attempt by Manafort to further delay his criminal trial in Virginia by two or three months should be denied by Judge Thomas Ellis.

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In their court filing today, prosecutors sought to pick apart Manafort's arguments that he needs to delay the trial because of his jail conditions. Here the judge will also consider a request to have the trial moved to another city - Manafort argues he can not get a fair trial in Alexandria due to the publicity of his case.

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".

Mueller added that "contrary to Manafort's assertions about his jail conditions", Manafort is not confined to a cell, has a private unit with access to a workroom each morning, and has had regular visits from his attorneys.

"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".

Defense attorneys voiced those concerns in a motion last week asking for the case to be pushed back to this fall, after Manafort goes on trial on related charges in District of Columbia federal court.

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