But on Thursday, July 12, Paul Manafort was removed from Northern Neck Regional Jail and was booked into the Alexandria Detention Center. He checked out of his "VIP" jail cell as he awaits trial for alleged financial crimes uncovered during the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
"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", the prosecutors wrote.
The developments came as Manafort gets closer to two trials where he will defend himself against a number of charges ranging from bank fraud to failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine. 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".
The defense team also criticized Mueller's apparent use of personnel to monitor Manafort's non-privileged phone calls. But within hours of the judge's order, attorneys for Manafort asked that their client remain at Northern Neck Regional Jail, citing "his safety", among other things, even though they had complained his detention there was hurting his defense.
Though Manafort's lawyers have said he spends almost all of his days in solitary confinement, prosecutors described his living arrangements as a "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units" with its own bathroom and shower.
Prosecutors said that at the time Manafort was jailed June 15 and at multiple times since, they have offered to help if there are any issues with the jail location or conditions.
Ellis concluded that Manafort's ability to prepare for trial "trumps his personal comfort". Manafort is scheduled for trial on July 25 on assorted charges arising from his Ukrainian political work.
Manafort was previously being held at a rural Virginia jail about two hours from Washington, D.C.
In fact, Manafort has reported, in a taped prison call, that he has reviewed all discovery: Just days before filing his motion for a continuance, Manafort told the person on the call that, "I've gone through all the discovery now".
"Manafort has revealed on the monitored phone calls that in order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team", the US said.
"In order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team". In the last three weeks, Manafort has had more than 100 phone calls with his attorneys, and another 200 calls with other individuals, according to Wednesday's filing.
Manafort has been jailed since last month after a judge revoked his house arrest. He has pleaded not guilty in both cases. More recently, investigators charged that Manafort had tampered with witnesses in the lobbying case.
Hull said that when jail officials learned Manafort was communicating by email, his attorneys were told to stop the practice.