Reporting by Clare Hymes
A new filing by federal prosecutors exposes quite a bit about the conditions of Paul Manafort’s detention– simply days after attorneys for the previous Trump campaign chairman said he was in holding cell for 23 hours a day. The filing suggests Manafort’s scenarios are much less grim.
It includes taped conversations, where Manafort has said he’s being treated like a “VIP” and has access to all the documents he has to prepare his defense. I “have all my files, like I would in your home,” he states.
Manafort had initially argued that his detention in Northern Neck, Virginia, a couple of hours outside Washington, has hampered his capability to deal with his defense for his fraud trials. The federal government disagreements this, keeping in mind that in a taped phone conversation, Manafort was heard saying, “I have actually gone through all the discovery now,” and that he has “all my files, like I would in your home.”
” [C] ontrary to Manafort’s assertions about his jail conditions, Manafort is in a personal system where he can review materials and prepare for trial,” the unique counsel said in its brief. The government’s description makes it sound rather more like a hotel space with some constraints.
“Among the special benefits Manafort delights in at the prison are a private, self-contained living unit, which is bigger than other prisoners’ systems, his own restroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial,” the special counsel wrote. “Manafort is likewise not required to wear a prison uniform.”
Telephone logs show that in the last three week Manafort has actually had over 100 calls with his attorneys and another 200 with other individuals. The unit likewise has a personal laptop which can be used in both his unit and his separate workroom. In the workroom, he can review files and consult with his legal representatives between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. According to the federal government, Manafort has actually had several sees a week from his legal group according to visitor logs.”Manafort has spoken with his lawyers every day, and typically, multiple times a day,” the federal government observed.
While he isn’t really technically enabled to send out or receive e-mails, Manafort has, inning accordance with the special counsel, established a workaround, revealing on a monitored telephone call that “in order to exchange emails, he reads and makes up e-mails on a 2nd laptop that is shuttled in and out of the center by his team. When the group takes the laptop from the prison, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort’s emails are sent.”
Judge T.S. Ellis has not yet ruled whether he will delay the trial or permit Manafort to alter venue to Roanoke. In the meantime the trial in Virginia is still set to begin July 25.