Manafort, who was President Donald Trump's campaign chairman for several months, last week asked for his July 25 trial in Alexandria federal court to be delayed until this fall, saying his incarceration in Virginia's Northern Neck has made it too hard to prepare. Currently, his trial in Virginia is scheduled to begin July 25.
Also on Wednesday, Mueller's office filed a motion in the Washington case notifying the court of its intent to present evidence at trial about a Justice Department inspection into Manafort's lobbying activities in the 1980's.
The conditions under which he's being held are considered standard for numerous high-profile inmates housed in the jail's VIP section because of security concerns.
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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". 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. Ellis appeared to be frustrated by Manafort's attorneys when they expressed concerns with their client's safety after the judge chose to ease travel burdens they complained about. In the last three weeks alone, he's had more than 100 phone calls with his lawyers and more than 200 with other people.
In their court filing today, prosecutors sought to pick apart Manafort's arguments that he needs to delay the trial because of his jail conditions. Manafort's lawyers have asked a judge to relocate a criminal trial starting later this month because of pretrial publicity.
Prosecutors say Paul Manafort gets special treatment during his pretrial confinement and there is no reason to delay the case against him.