U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis II on Thursday ordered former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to be moved to a jail in Alexandra, Virginia because it has experience housing “spies and traitors.”
According to Politico, Manafort was booked into the Alexandria facility on Thursday. The transfer comes after Manafort bragged about his “VIP” treatment at Northern Neck Regional Jail.
Manafort’s attorneys opposed the judge’s ruling, saying that it jeopardized their client’s safety and the ability to prepare his defense.
But Judge Ellis denied a motion to head off the transfer.
Ellis pointed out that the staff at the detention center in Alexandria is “very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors.”