Paul Manafort arrives at court after witness tampering charges

Paul Manafort arrives at court after witness tampering charges

Paul Manafort arrives at court after witness tampering charges

Manafort asked to delay the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, until after he's been tried in Washington where he's accused of failing to register in the an agent of Ukraine and of laundering millions of dollars. 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. Prosecutors then said his living situation in the rural Virginia jail was more indulgent than what's given to other inmates. In the meantime, he said Manafort would be moved from the Northern Neck to the jail in Alexandria, in suburban Washington, "to ensure that the defendant has access to his counsel and can adequately prepare his defense".

The government team also suggested Manafort may have other reasons for seeking to delay his case in Virginia. He has access to a laptop and does not have to wear a jail uniform, either, according to prosecutors.

A request made from special counsel Robert Mueller in court Wednesday provided a hint of the future of his investigations into Russian election interference and alleged collusion.

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".

"Manafort should not be permitted to obtain a two- or three-month continuance based on circumstances he has never challenged or sought relief from, in spite of repeated invitations to do so", special counsel prosecutors argued Wednesday. His attorneys had told courts he was being held in "solitary confinement" and struggled to prepare for his trials with his lawyers because of the 100 miles between him and the legal team.

The "VIP" treatment Manafort has had at the Northern Neck jail appear to be coming to an end.

Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected those concerns in moving Manafort to Alexandria.

Judge Ellis addressed Manafort's complaints about location by ordering his transfer to an Alexandria prison.

Paul Manafort has moved, over his objections, to a new jail with a history of illustrious guests. His Washington, D.C., trial is set to kick off in September.

President Donald Trump seized on these words and said, as he does, Judge Ellis "is really something special, I hear from many standpoints".

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