Paul Manafort says he's being treated like a "VIP" in jail

Paul Manafort says he's being treated 'like a VIP' in jail

He has scheduled a hearing on both issues for Tuesday at 1 p.m.

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman will be transferred from a federal lockup in Warsaw, Virginia, to a jail in Alexandria, where Manafort is set to go on trial July 25 on bank fraud and tax charges.

Moreover, attorneys for Robert S. Mueller III's special counsel probe say Manafort wants the trial delayed only for strategic reasons.

Manafort is also reported to have found a "workaround" on the prison's email ban.

He's even got his own "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units", the filing says. They have also alleged Mr. Manafort is kept in solitary confinement up to 23 hours a day. Manafort's lawyers said he had "very limited access to his attorneys and the records".

Prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday opposing a continuance requested by Manafort's attorneys, one day after defense lawyers unexpectedly asked the court to keep their client at the Virginia jail where he's now being held, reported NPR.

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Judge T.S. Ellis gave the special counsel prosecuting Manafort until Friday to respond to those motions. Calls with lawyers are not monitored.

Manafort received three meals a day in his approximately 14x14 foot VIP section cell, which came equipped with a toilet, a shower, a place to sit, a small table, a TV with basic cable, and a phone to make outgoing collect calls.

"When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the Internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", they wrote. He had asked for a postponement until after a separate trial in Washington, D.C., where he faces similar charges.

Manafort told his listener to "think about how it'll play elsewhere. There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope to it".

Ellis denied Manafort's request to reverse the order in a court document posted Wednesday. He also wants the trial moved to Roanoke.

As more details have been revealed about the cushy set-up Paul Manafort has in his current jail, a federal judge doubled down on his order that Manafort be moved to a new detention center - an order Manafort unsuccessfully asked the judge to reverse even though he had complained about the location of the rural Virginia jail now holding him. Mr. Manafort's attorneys have sought to push back his trial until fall, alleging his incarceration has made it hard to communicate. "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer. can not be easily explained or resolved".

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