Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is apparently fed up with Paul Manafort’s efforts to delay his upcoming trial.
Prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday opposing a continuance requested by Manafort’s attorneys, one day after defense lawyers unexpectedly asked the court to keep their client at the Virginia jail where he’s currently being held, reported NPR.
U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis ordered defense attorneys and prosecutors to appear July 17 in court for oral arguments on delaying the trial.
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is being held on witness tampering charges as he awaits trial on fraud, money laundering and other charges related to the Russia probe.
His attorneys have complained about the conditions at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, where he’s being held 23 hours a day in solitary confinement for his own protection.
But the new filing reveals a jailhouse phone call recording where Manafort boasts about the special privileges he enjoys as he waits for his scheduled trial to start July 25.
“Among the unique privileges Manafort enjoys at the jail are a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates’ units, his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial,” prosecutors said in their filing. “Manafort is also not required to wear a prison uniform. On the monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a ‘VIP.'”
Mueller’s team also notified the court that Manafort has apparently developed a “workaround” for sending emails from jail, which is forbidden at Warsaw, by reading and drafting messages on a separate laptop transported in and out of jail by his lawyers.