Mueller Uses Manafort’s Own Words To Have Him Moved To New Jail, Then Requests 100 New Subpoenas From Virginia Court

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A federal judge in Alexandria has ordered Paul Manafort to be moved to the city jail, although Manafort has asked to stay in a Northern Neck, Va., facility where prosecutors say he is receiving special treatment.Special+Prosecutor+Robert+Mueller+Briefs+Senate+qeVDcwQ4Qv-l

U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis wrote in a filing published Wednesday that Manafort’s “access to counsel and his ability to prepare for trial trumps his personal comfort.”\

Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager, had asked for his July 25 federal trial in Alexandria on bank and tax fraud charges to be delayed in large part because it was difficult to prepare while incarcerated 100 miles away. But on Tuesday, Manafort resisted being moved to Alexandria, resiarguing that while the city jail would be more convenient, he did not want to adjust to new circumstances so close to trial.

 

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday filed a request for 100 blank subpoenas in the Eastern District of Virginia, where former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is facing trial for bank and fraud charges.

 

“It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem,” Ellis wrote. “The dissonance between defendant’s motion to continue and motion opposing transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center cannot easily be explained or resolved.”

Prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday that in recent jailhouse phone calls, Manafort has told people he is being treated like a “VIP” in the Northern Neck jail, where he has his own phone and computer, writes emails and does not have to wear a uniform.

Moreover, attorneys for Robert S. Mueller III’s special counsel probe say Manafort wants the trial delayed only for strategic reasons.

 

 

This is in addition to the previous court filing in June, when Mueller’s team filed a request for 150 blank subpoenas, or 75 possible witnesses.

 

The 100 blank subpoenas amount to 50 total possible subpoenas — in each case, a subpoena is needed for the witness and another is needed for the defense.

 

 

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