Paul Manafort To Be Transferred To Alexandria Jail - Source Patch

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A three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel in Washington on Thursday denied the former Trump campaign chairman's bid for freedom, saying he'd not shown them that his request should be granted before they rule on his underlying challenge.

Judge T.S. Ellis III had directed the U.S. Marshals Service to move Manafort from the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va., and bring him closer to the courthouse in Alexandria, Va., just outside Washington.

Manafort was jailed last month after Mueller alleged he and an associate "knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly persuade another person... with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding".

His lawyers argued that they had safety concerns that made it preferable to keep him in the Warsaw, Virginia, facility. Manafort faces charges of tax fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, witness tampering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

For nearly a month, he has lived in a VIP unit at a rural Virginia regional jail two hours from Washington, where he's retained some conveniences of the outside world.

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. "Manafort is also not required to wear a prison uniform". A federal judge agreed to move Manafort closer to the capital.

"If five lawyers take up five rooms, then you wait in line for someone to finish", defense attorney Marina Medvin said.If they take up the entire time slot, then you're out of luck - you need to leave and come back and hopefully be first in line".

A hearing on Manafort's request for the trial delay is scheduled for July 17.

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With the former Trump campaign chief's trial "looming on the horizon" in Alexandria, Va., U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ordered Russian Federation special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecution team Tuesday to address both venue and delay requests brought by the former chief of the Trump campaign. Despite saying in monitored phone calls that he is being treated like a "VIP" while behind bars, Manafort's lawyers have argued that they can not properly prepare for a trial scheduled to start this month with a client jailed two hours outside of Washington, D.C.

In recent phone calls, they say, Manafort also has said he has "all my files like I would at home" and has "gone through all the discovery now".

Prosecutors noted that US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the Washington, DC, case, ordered that Manafort "be afforded reasonable opportunity for private consultation with counsel".

"Mr. Manafort is innocent and nothing about the latest allegation changes our defense", Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said.

The defense team also criticized Mueller's apparent use of personnel to monitor Manafort's non-privileged phone calls.

"Think about how it'll play elsewhere", Manafort said in a recorded phone call from jail cited by prosecutors. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

"Manafort can hardly now complain about the order of the trials", the special counsel's attorneys said. But the judges overseeing both cases against Manafort recently struck down those arguments.

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