"Paul Manafort came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time", the president claimed in a tweet in July.
Then, once Judge T.S. Ellis ruled that he should be moved to the Alexandria facility earlier this week, Manafort filed another response effectively rescinding his request, citing "concerns about his safety" and "challenges he will face in adjusting to a new place of confinement and the changing circumstances of detention two weeks before trial". Manafort might be aware of this, so no wonder he's not looking particularly cheery about his current situation.
In earlier court filings, Mr. Manafort's attorney said the distance of Northern Neck jail - two hours from Washington, D.C. - has made it hard to adequately prepare for trial. DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger Mueller filing: Manafort has personal phone, laptop, not required to wear prison uniform MORE was released on Thursday as he was moved to a jail that is closer to Washington, D.C.
In a court document filed on Wednesday, prosecutors said Manafort enjoyed a larger-than-average cell at the Warsaw facility, including "his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone and his own workspace to prepare for trial".
Mueller argued today that the revocation of Manafort's bail has not been "unduly interfering with his ability to prepare for trial", especially as his living circumstances are "in various ways less restrictive" than for other inmates.
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Manafort was originally supposed to go to trial in Virginia on July 10.
The prosecutors' filing says Manafort has everything he needs to prepare for the trial, including his own phone and computer. 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.
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.
Prosecutors say Paul Manafort gets special treatment during his pretrial confinement and there is no reason to delay the case against him.