Prosecutors: Paul Manafort says he's treated like 'VIP' in jail

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Also on Wednesday, Mueller's office filed a motion in the Washington case notifying the court of its intent to present evidence at trial about a Justice Department inspection into Manafort's lobbying activities in the 1980's.

The team prosecuting President Trump's former campaign chairman has a message for Paul Manafort: no more excuses.

The occasion of the mugshot was that Manafort was moved to a jail in Alexandria, Virginia thanks to his attorneys in a move that can only be described as a "clusterfuck".

"It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem", Ellis wrote.

"The professionals at the Alexandria Detention Center are very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors", he wrote in an order Wednesday.

Manafort, 69, was transferred Thursday to the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandra, Virginia, where the Republican strategist's first of two scheduled federal criminal trials is due to start July 25. In the last three weeks, Manafort has had more than 100 phone calls with his attorneys, and another 200 calls with other individuals, according to Wednesday's filing. "There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope in it".

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".

His attorneys argued that they had safety concerns that made it preferable to keep him in the Northern Neck facility. Manafort allegedly tried to make at least three phone calls and send at least two encrypted text messages to a potential witness "in an effort to secure materially false testimony..." the special counsel claimed.

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"In order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team".

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. The "Defendant's access to counsel and his ability to prepare for trial trumps his personal comfort", noted Ellis.

Manafort was previously being held at a rural Virginia jail about two hours from Washington, D.C.

Prosecutors noted that US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the Washington, DC, case, ordered that Manafort "be afforded reasonable opportunity for private consultation with counsel".

Manafort was jailed last month after Mueller alleged he and an associate "knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly persuade another person... with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding". He has not reached out, they said in court filings. They claimed they needed more time to prepare their defense, and they pointed to the location of Manafort's jail as part of the problem.

They also recently provided Manafort with 8,290 documents from the computer of his former business partner, Rick Gates, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the prosecution.

The special counsel said Manafort's actions violated federal law, and therefore violated the terms of his pretrial release. In a separate case pending in Alexandria, Virginia, he also faces bank fraud and tax-related charges.

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