Paul Manafort Is Getting Transferred out of His "VIP" Prison

Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016

Manafort was sent to jail June 15 as a judge agreed there was no way to restrain the lobbyist from alleged witness tampering if he remained on the outside.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered that Manafort, who was indicted as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation, move to the Arlington jail so he could better communicate with his lawyers. 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. The prosecution argues Manafort's lawyers selected conversations "to support its version of events", but in actuality Manafort has had "unlimited resources" to prepare for the upcoming trial.

The conditions under which he's being held are considered standard for numerous high-profile inmates housed in the jail's VIP section because of security concerns.

"On the monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a 'VIP, '" prosecutors quoted him as having said.

It's not clear yet whether or not Manafort will get the same perks in the new facility, but Ellis assured Manafort's legal team that the staff at the Alexandria Detention Center was "very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors".

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Manafort was previously being held at a rural Virginia jail about two hours from Washington, D.C.

Manafort was transfered to Alexandria Detention Center yesterday as he awaits criminal trial over the charges surrounding his alleged bank fraud and suspicious global dealings. 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".

Manafort is scheduled to stand trial on financial crimes starting July 25.

Manafort's legal team shot back in their own filing Wednesday, calling prosecutors' characterization of Manafort's living conditions as "self-serving and inaccurate". He has his own bathroom and shower, a private telephone and laptop, and is not required to wear a prison uniform, the prosecutors said.

Paul Manafort's lawyers are concerned about where their client is being held as he awaits trial. His Washington, D.C., trial is set to kick off in September.

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