Paul Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman

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review, Ellis ordered Manafort moved Tuesday from a jail cell in Warsaw, Va., where he has been held since his bail was revoked last month, to the Alexandria Detention Center to be closer to his attorneys. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller alleges Manafort led a "lavish lifestyle" in the United States off of "hidden wealth" stashed in foreign countries - without paying USA taxes.

Prosecutors also say that Manafort is working around prison restrictions on sending and receiving emails. Manafort faces charges of tax fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, witness tampering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

Judge T.S. Ellis rejected those concerns in moving Manafort to Alexandria.

The court document claims Manafort has "unique privileges" at the Warsaw jail.

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". At that time the judge will also consider Manafort's bid to have the trial moved from Alexandria to Roanoke, 244 miles to the south, or the state capital of Richmond. Prosecutors then said his living situation in the rural Virginia jail was more indulgent than what's given to other inmates.


Inmates in the section where Manafort was held were permitted to use a jail-issued tablet that includes a phone app to make calls that inmates are informed are recorded, and use a meeting area for attorneys, Hull said. The judge added that Manafort's "access to counsel and his ability to prepare for trial trumps his personal comfort". But on Tuesday, Manafort resisted being moved to Alexandria, arguing that while the city jail would be more convenient, he did not want to adjust to new circumstances so close to trial.

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

They pointed out that he has had a personal telephone in his unit at the Northern Neck Regional Jail and has had more than 100 phone calls with his lawyers in the last three weeks as they prepare for trial.

But prosecutors wrote that in a taped phone call from prison, Manafort told the person on the other end, "I've gone through all the discovery now".

Prosecutors with the special counsel asked the judge to jail Manafort after learning that he had attempted to contact potential government witnesses in the days after Mueller brought a superseding indictment against him.


Ellis delivered another piece of bad news for Manafort in a second court order Wednesday.

"Manafort has revealed on the monitored phone calls that 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", the USA said. When his lawyers leave the facility, they reconnect it to the internet and Manafort's emails are sent. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Manafort is scheduled for trial on July 25 on assorted charges arising from his Ukrainian political work.

Manafort's attorneys have denied the tampering allegations and appealed his detention.

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


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