US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort may face evidence at trial about alleged wrongdoing in the 1980s and lost a bid to stay at a jail where he said he was being treated like a "VIP," court papers on Wednesday showed.
Manafort has been charged with financial and foreign lobbying-related crimes as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.
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. Prosecutors then said his living situation in the rural Virginia jail was more indulgent than what's given to other inmates.
He had been on home confinement until he was charged with witness tampering and a judge ordered him held in jail.
Paul Manafort arrived at the jail in Alexandria, Virginia - the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center - Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson for the Alexandria Sheriff's Office. To make their case, they cited recorded jail calls and prison logs suggesting Manafort is getting treated better than most detainees, not worse.
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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.
The prosecutors' filing says Manafort has everything he needs to prepare for the trial, including his own phone and computer. According to Northern Neck Superintendent Ted Hull, in the so-called VIP section, there is "no qualitative or quantitative difference" between cells and that Manafort has access to the same privileges as other VIP inmates.
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". He has his own bathroom and shower, a private telephone and laptop, and is not required to wear a prison uniform, the prosecutors said.
Attorneys for Manafort also took issue with prosecutors' revelation of the content of some of Manafort's personal phone calls and suggested that Manafort was sugar-coating his conditions of confinement to ease the concern of friends and family. His Washington, D.C., trial is set to kick off in September.