Prosecutors: Manafort says he's treated like 'VIP' in jail

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The team prosecuting Donald Trump's former campaign chairman has a message for Paul Manafort: no more excuses.

Ellis in his opinion posted Wednesday said the warrant special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators obtained "satisfied the Fourth Amendment's particularity and breadth requirements, and as such, suppression of the evidence recovered from the search of defendant's residence is not warranted".

Prosecutors says he is being held in a private living unit larger than where other inmates stay that has its own bathroom, shower, telephone and workspace, and he has a laptop with an extension cord he can use daily in his room at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia. In the last three weeks alone, he's had more than 100 phone calls with his lawyers and more than 200 with other people.

Manafort - who is facing charges for an assortment of alleged financial crimes, as well as failure to disclose foreign lobbying - has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

Manafort asked to delay the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, until after he's been tried in Washington where he's accused of failing to register in the U.S.as an agent of Ukraine and of laundering millions of dollars.

Not long after Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) Judge T.S. Ellis III had some stern words for Paul Manafort's lawyers and ordered the defendant to be transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center, Manafort's team has chose to fight back on another front.

Ellis concluded that Manafort's ability to prepare for trial "trumps his personal comfort".

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Prosecutors say the bulk of the documents handed over recently come from Manafort's own bookkeeping service, and so are not unfamiliar to him.

The Mueller team's court filing said Manafort was being detained in a "living unit" that was bigger than that given to other inmates. Manafort's not required to wear a prison uniform and isn't confined to a cell from 8:30 a.m.to 10 p.m., Mueller said.

Last week, Manafort's lawyers complained that he has to spend 23 hours in solitary confinement in the unit.

"When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the prosecutors wrote. The trial is scheduled to begin later this month.

"On the monitored prison phone calls", Weissman wrote, "Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a 'VIP'". Manafort denies all the charges. That trial is scheduled to start September 17. Ellis said he made that decision in response to Manafort's complaints about the difficulty in getting ready for the trial.

Manafort has also argued that his trial should be moved from Alexandria to Roanoke, where jurors are more likely to support the president, his attorneys told the court.

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.

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