Manafort’s relocation came a day after prosecutors on the team of special counsel Robert Mueller detailed the special treatment Manafort had been afforded inside the Warsaw jail since his $10 million bail was revoked June 15 after claims he tried to tamper with two potential witnesses for his trials.
During a recorded phone call, Manafort had bragged which jail staff was treating him like a VIP, prosecutors said in a court filing which pushed back against claims which he was not able to prepare for his trial.
At his former jail, he was kept in “a private, self-contained living unit” which can be bigger than his fellow inmates’ spaces, had “his own bathroom as well as shower facility, his own personal telephone, as well as his own workplace to prepare for trial,” prosecutors said in a court filing.
as well as he was not requred to wear a prison uniform inside the Warsaw jail, the filing said.
“Manafort also possesses a personal laptop which he can be permitted to use in his unit,” prosecutors wrote.
Despite having griped about the conditions at Warsaw, as well as the distance, Manafort’s lawyers had tried to get U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis to reverse his order transferring him to the Alexandria jail.
Ellis brushed aside those worries in a brand-new order, saying which officials at the federal lockup in Alexandria have experience handling inmates such as “foreign as well as domestic terrorists, spies as well as traitors.”
Ellis also wrote which “the idea can be suprising as well as confusing” when defense counsel identifies a problem “as well as then opposes the most logical solution to which program.”
Manafort can be charged with conspiracy, money laundering, bank fraud, tax crimes, generating false statements as well as acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal. Those charges relate to consulting as well as lobbying work he did on behalf of pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.
He additionally can be charged with obstruction of justice, which relates to the allegations of attempted witness tampering.