The judge who ordered the transfer of Paul Manafort to another prison dismissed concerns about the safety of the former campaign chairman to Donald Trump, saying the facility knows how to handle "terrorists, spies and traitors", according to the legal news outlet Law & Crime. They said they gained access to another prison call on June 20 in which Manafort told a listener skeptical about delaying the Virginia case and bringing forward a separate trial in Washington, D.C.
Manafort has not been seen since a DC federal judge revoked his bail and sent him to the regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia, about two hours from DC, for alleged witness tampering. Since then, Manafort's lawyers have said they can not properly prepare for a trial scheduled to start later this month with a client jailed two hours outside of Washington, D.C.
"It is hereby ORDERED that defendant's motion opposing his transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center is DENIED", he concluded in his ruling Wednesday.
Manafort was one of three Trump aides indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller in October 2017.
Manafort's legal team shot back in their own filing Wednesday, calling prosecutors' characterization of Manafort's living conditions as "self-serving and inaccurate".
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Manafort stayed in a larger private chambers that included his own bathroom, shower and workspace, and he could use a phone and laptop with an extension cord.
Attorneys for Manafort also took issue with prosecutors' revelation of the content of some of Manafort's personal phone calls and suggested that Manafort was sugar-coating his conditions of confinement to ease the concern of friends and family.
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'. Now, Manafort's team wants the trial delayed by months and moved from the Beltway to Roanoke, Va., arguing there are too many Hillary Clinton voters in Alexandria, Va., to put together an impartial jury.
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'.
Paul Manafort arrived at the jail in Alexandria, Virginia - the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center - Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson for the Alexandria Sheriff's Office. His trial in Washington is scheduled to begin in September.
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