Manafort’s relocation came a day after prosecutors on the team of special counsel Robert Mueller detailed the special treatment Manafort had been afforded in the Warsaw jail since his $10 million bail was revoked June 15 after claims he tried to tamper with two potential witnesses for his trials.
During a recorded phone call, Manafort had bragged that jail staff was treating him like a VIP, prosecutors said in a court filing that pushed back against claims that he was not able to prepare for his trial.
At his former jail, he was kept in “a private, self-contained living unit” that is bigger than his fellow inmates’ spaces, had “his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workplace to prepare for trial,” prosecutors said in a court filing.
And he was not requred to wear a prison uniform in the Warsaw jail, the filing said.
“Manafort also possesses a personal laptop that he is permitted to use in his unit,” prosecutors wrote.
Despite having griped about the conditions at Warsaw, and the distance, Manafort’s lawyers had tried to get U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis to reverse his order transferring him to the Alexandria jail.
Ellis brushed aside those worries in a new order, saying that officials at the federal lockup in Alexandria have experience handling inmates such as “foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors.”
Ellis also wrote that “it is suprising and confusing” when defense counsel identifies a problem “and then opposes the most logical solution to that program.”
Manafort is charged with conspiracy, money laundering, bank fraud, tax crimes, making false statements and acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal. Those charges relate to consulting and lobbying work he did on behalf of pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.
He additionally is charged with obstruction of justice, which relates to the allegations of attempted witness tampering.
Source : CNBC