Manafort treated as prison ‘VIP’ with his own bathroom, shower, and phone

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The Mueller Investigation is getting real, y'all, and to prove it, here's the mugshot of former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

A hearing to discuss Manafort's request for a trial postponement is scheduled for July 17.

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.

The government said Mr. Manafort's conditions are not "more restrictive than other inmates" and in various ways, "less restrictive".

Officials told The Washington Post that Manafort has been booked into the Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia, which is a few blocks from the federal courthouse where he will be tried for bank and tax fraud charges this month.

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".

In their court filing Wednesday, prosecutors sought to pick apart Manafort's arguments that he needs to delay the trial because of his jail conditions.

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

In a rebuttal, Manafort's lawyers said the effort put into monitoring their client's phone calls showed that Mueller had "unlimited resources" and accused his office of choosing conversations "to support its version of events".

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.

Wednesday's special counsel filing also reveals that Mueller's team has been recording calls from Manafort's private phone, and are now using Manafort's own words against him.

Manafort's trial in Virginia is expected to begin later this month.

"The Special Counsel 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". They objected to the transfer, arguing that "after further reflection, issues of distance and inconvenience must yield to concerns about his safety and, more importantly, the challenges he will face in adjusting to a new place of confinement" only two weeks before trial. His Washington, D.C., trial is set to kick off in September.

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