Paul Manafort transferred to Alexandria jail, mugshot released

Marsha Scott
July 14, 2018

The special counsel Robert Mueller's team is prosecuting Manafort on over 20 charges between two different trials - one in Virginia in July, and another set for mid-September in Washington, DC.

Since a federal judge revoked his bail last month, Manafort has lived in "a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units", featuring amenities that include "his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial", Mueller's team wrote. A day earlier, Ellis had denied Manafort's attempt to throw out the evidence from boxes of business files investigators found in a storage unit.

The Alexandria jail is "very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors", Ellis wrote, denying Manafort's request to leave him in place, about a two-hour drive from his lawyers.

Previously, they had described him as being kept in "solitary confinement" nearly 24 hours a day for his own safety.

The omissions included lobbying by Manafort about a "Jerusalem Bill" and a "Saudi Arms Package", the motion said.

On Tuesday, Judge T.S. Ellis III of the United States District Court in Alexandria ordered that Manafort be transferred.

He additionally is charged with obstruction of justice, which relates to the allegations of attempted witness tampering.

While the Virginia case appears to be a fairly straightforward bank fraud and money-laundering prosecution, the Washington case may be more politically perilous to the White House because it could touch on the Trump campaign's possible connections to pro-Russian forces.

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"Think about how it'll play elsewhere", Manafort said in a recorded phone call from jail cited by prosecutors.

In recent phone calls, they say, Manafort also has said he has "all my files like I would at home" and has "gone through all the discovery now".

Earlier this week, the judge had ordered that Manafort be moved from the Northern Neck jail, more than 100 miles away from his lawyers, to the Alexandria Detention Center near the courthouse.

But Manafort's legal team didn't complain until the last minute, the USA said. They said Mueller's team "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".

But Ellis had apparently made up his mind.

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

Manafort's attorneys opposed the judge's ruling, saying that it jeopardized their client's safety and the ability to prepare his defense.

The judge called the defense's objection to the jail move "surprising and confusing".

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