That may have just come to an end. On Tuesday, he ordered that Manafort be transferred to a jail in Alexandria, about 20 minutes from Washington, "to ensure that defendant has access to his counsel and can adequately prepare his defense". A three-judge federal appeals court panel on Thursday denied Manafort's request to be released pending his appeal of his detention.
Manafort filed a motion last week asking for his trial to be delayed until this fall, saying it was impossible to fully prepare because of distance and limited electronic and phone access. In June, a federal judge revoked Manafort's bail and ordered him sent to jail.
"It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem", Ellis wrote.
Manafort has faced an uphill legal battle. In Wednesday's filing, they contend that Manafort's living conditions are not only no harsher than those of his fellow inmates but that they are actually substantially more lenient. "Manafort is also not required to wear a prison uniform". His trial in Alexandria is set for July 25. Ellis insisted this week that the transfer proceed even after Manafort's lawyers, citing concerns Tuesday about his safety and adjusting to a new jail so close to his trial date, asked that he stay put. Manafort claimed he can't get a fair trial in Alexandria because of the publicity generated by his case.
"Mr. Manafort is innocent and nothing about the latest allegation changes our defense", Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said.
Mueller also says Manafort "developed a workaround" to deal with the prison's prohibition on prisoners sending or receiving emails. And he has had extensive access to his counsel and materials: On July 4, 2018, Manafort remarked in a taped prison call that he is able to visit with his lawyers every day, and that he has "all my files like I would at home". "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the prosecutors said.
They pointed out that he has had a personal telephone in his unit at the Northern Neck Regional Jail and has had more than 100 phone calls with his lawyers in the last three weeks as they prepare for trial.
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As for listening in on Manafort's phone calls, Nanavati wrote: "Armed with personal conversations between Mr. Manafort and his family, the special counsel selects snippets to support its version of events".
In the Northern Neck, prosecutors said Manafort felt like a "VIP". That trial is scheduled to start September 17.
But soon after the judge issued his order, Manafort's lawyers essentially told the judge "never mind" and urged the court to keep Manafort in his current jail in Warsaw.
"Manafort can hardly now complain about the order of the trials", the special counsel's attorneys said.
Judge T.S. Ellis of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, who has been assigned the case, fashioned a remedy.
While the Virginia case appears to be a fairly straightforward bank fraud and money-laundering prosecution, the Washington case may be more politically perilous to the White House because it could touch on the Trump campaign's possible connections to pro-Russian forces.