Prosecutors: Manafort says he's treated like 'VIP' in jail

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Paul Manafort thinks he's being treated like a "VIP" in jail, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said in a court filing Wednesday that argued his July 15 trail should not be delayed.

But in the Wednesday filing, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE argued that Manafort's claims do not hold up because Manafort has said in multiple prison calls that he has had full access to his files and attorneys.

Manafort's lawyers have said they cannot properly prepare for trial with a client jailed two hours outside of Washington, D.C. In response, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ordered Manafort moved from his current jail to one in Alexandria, Virginia, where the federal courthouse is located, so that he can be closer to his lawyers.

The filing said that Manafort had made more than 300 phone calls in the last three weeks and even "developed a workaround" to outsmart a ban on inmates sending or receiving emails at Northern Neck regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia. Manafort doesn't have to wear a prison jumpsuit, the filing adds.

Manafort is now undergoing transfer to another facility and attempted unsuccessfully to prevent the move as Mueller used his own words against him.

On top of that, Weissmann noted, Manafort has his own room (larger than others), his own phone line, and his own laptop, with an extension cord that lets him work from his bedroom instead of his private work space.

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"Manafort has access to a separate workroom at the jail to meet with his attorneys and legal team", it continues.

The filing also gives a few more details about the "solitary confinement" conditions Manafort's attorneys previously described - making it sound like he's had a far easier living situation than other jail inmates. The trial is scheduled to begin later this month.

Ellis issued the order after Mueller's prosecutors challenged Manafort's complaints about the conditions in his current facility, citing visitor logs and recorded phone calls showing he was detained in comfort with nearly unfettered access to his legal team.

They also recently provided Manafort with 8,290 documents from the computer of his former business partner, Richard Gates, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the prosecution.

"Manafort can hardly now complain about the order of the trials", the special counsel attorneys said.

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