Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Here’s the Paul Manafort mugshot we’ve all been waiting for

Here’s the Paul Manafort mugshot we’ve all been waiting for

The cases are U.S. v. Manafort, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington), and 18-cr-83, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria).

A three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel in Washington on Thursday denied the former Trump campaign chairman's bid for freedom, saying he'd not shown them that his request should be granted before they rule on his underlying challenge.

In ordering his transfer to Alexandria, Judge T.S. 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". Despite saying in monitored phone calls that he is being treated like a "VIP" while behind bars, Manafort's lawyers have argued that they can not properly prepare for a trial scheduled to start this month with a client jailed two hours outside of Washington, D.C.

A Wednesday court filing from special counsel Robert Mueller's office appears to throw cold water on claims that Paul Manafort is being kept in unduly harsh conditions in a Virginia jail.

On monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has said he's been treated like a "VIP," Mueller said. They say Manafort has not been required to wear a prison uniform, and has a private telephone, a separate workspace and access to two laptops. 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. Prosecutors then said his living situation in the rural Virginia jail was more indulgent than what's given to other inmates. "Having just complained" about the jail in Warsaw, Virginia, he wrote, Manafort's lawyers had not identified any specific threat to his safety at the Alexandria jail. Phone calls with him were limited to 10 minutes, and electronic communications were restricted, they said.

"Review of that material can be accomplished well in advance of the July 25 trial date and does not warrant a months-long adjournment", the government filings said.

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Prosecutors working for the special counsel in the Russian Federation inquiry, Robert Mueller, suggested to Ellis this week that Manafort was trying to delay the Virginia case so that he would face the charges in Washington first.

Initially placed under house arrest, Manafort was ordered to jail by a judge in mid-June for alleged witness tampering. When his lawyers leave the facility, they reconnect it to the internet and Manafort's emails are sent. 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.

The special counsel said Manafort's actions violated federal law, and therefore violated the terms of his pretrial release. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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

"The five previously charged counts against Manfort remain unchanged: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA [Foreign Agents Registration Act] statements, and false statements", the special counsel's spokesman said last month.

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