Paul Manafort Brags About VIP Treatment In Jail, Whines He’s Not Ready For Trial: Report
President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort reportedly bragged about the “VIP” treatment that he is receiving in the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia.
Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s team objected to Manafort’s effort to delay his July 25th trial by pointing to recorded jail calls and prison logs, notes NPR:
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.
Manafort’s lawyers claimed their wealthy white client had “very limited access to his attorneys and the records,” which contradicted Manafort who reportedly told an unnamed person by phone that “I’ve gone through all the discovery now.”
Prosecutors told Judge T.S. Ellis III that Manafort has had multiple visits with his lawyers each week, and over 100 phone calls with his lawyers in the past three weeks.
Mueller’s team said the jail doesn’t allow prisoners to send emails but that Manafort “appears to have developed a workaround” by reading and writing messages on a second laptop that’s brought in and out of the jail by his legal team:
When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the Internet and Manafort’s emails are transmitted.
Manafort reportedly told someone skeptical about delaying the Virginia case on June 29 via phone to “think about how it’ll play elsewhere. … There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there’s a hope to it.”
Manafort’s lawyer Jay Nanavati claimed the government arguments were largely “self serving and inaccurate,” and that Manafort is not doing any kind of “email workaround.”