Paul Manafort arrives at court after witness tampering charges

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Also on Wednesday, Mueller's office filed a motion in the Washington case notifying the court of its intent to present evidence at trial about a Justice Department inspection into Manafort's lobbying activities in the 1980's.

Paul Manafort thinks he's being treated like a "VIP" in jail, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said in a court filing Wednesday that argued his July 15 trail should not be delayed.

Paul Manafort has moved, over his objections, to a new jail with a history of illustrious guests.

Judge T.S. Ellis gave the special counsel prosecuting Manafort until Friday to respond to those motions.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday as they argued against postponing his financial crimes trial that Manafort said in monitored phone calls that he was being treated like a "VIP" at the Northern Neck Regional Jail. The judge added that Manafort's "access to counsel and his ability to prepare for trial trumps his personal comfort".

'While the opposition does not generally misrepresent the confinement conditions, its cavalier dismissal of the challenges of preparing for back-to-back complex white collar criminal trials while the defendant is in custody shows a lack of concern with fairness or due process, ' the lawyers wrote.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington revoked Manafort's bail last month, saying she had no choice but to lock him up because of alleged witness tampering.

Manafort was originally supposed to go to trial in Virginia on July 10.

Between the two cases, Manafort's lawyers say the government has produced about 2 million pages of documents, tens of thousands of which came in the past few months. Visitors' logs show Manafort having multiple visits each week with his lawyers, according to the prosecutors. 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 the filing.

Mr. Manafort is facing trials in Washington and Virginia on tax evasion, bank fraud, lying to investigators and other charges.

The Alexandria jail is "very familiar with housing high-profile defendant including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors", Ellis said.

When we say that Ellis is an equal opportunity smackdown artist, look no further than the words he uttered in May challenging Mueller's intentions in pursuing charges against Manafort as part of the Russia Investigation.

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