Paul Manafort says he's being treated 'like a 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.

Besides those perks, Manafort also has his own bathroom and shower, and he doesn't have to wear a prison uniform.

Prosecutors say Manafort has a personal telephone that he uses to prepare for trial with lawyers.

The government said Mr. Manafort's conditions are not "more restrictive than other inmates" and in various ways, "less restrictive". Manafort's lawyers said he had "very limited access to his attorneys and the records".

In recent phone calls, they say Manafort also has said he has "all my files like I would at home", has "gone through all the discovery now", and is being treated like a "VIP". They made clear they were not monitoring what was discussed in his calls with lawyers, but rather relying on a prison telephone log to note which calls were taking place.

"On the monitored prison phone calls", Weissman wrote, "Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a 'VIP'".

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Between the hours of 8:30am to 10:00pm, Manafort has access to a separate workroom at the jail to meet with his attorneys and legal team.

The government team also suggested Manafort may have other reasons for seeking to delay his case in Virginia.

Manafort's motion seeks to move the Virginia trial-which is for charges of bank and tax fraud related to money he made working in Ukraine-until after his D.C. federal money laundering trial set for September.

Manafort told his listener to "think about how it'll play elsewhere". "There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope in it". But on Tuesday, Manafort resisted being moved to Alexandria, arguing that while the city jail would be more convenient, he did not want to adjust to new circumstances so close to trial.

As more details have been revealed about the cushy set-up Paul Manafort has in his current jail, a federal judge doubled down on his order that Manafort be moved to a new detention center - an order Manafort unsuccessfully asked the judge to reverse even though he had complained about the location of the rural Virginia jail now holding him.

Defense attorneys voiced those concerns in a motion last week asking for the case to be pushed back to this fall, after Manafort goes on trial on related charges in District of Columbia federal court. "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer. can not be easily explained or resolved". He instructed the U.S. Marshals Service to move Manafort to Alexandria, as he initially planned.

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