Manafort loses bid to stay in 'VIP' jail

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A three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel in Washington on Thursday denied the former Trump campaign chairman's bid for freedom, saying he'd not shown them that his request should be granted before they rule on his underlying challenge.

"It is hereby ORDERED that defendant's motion opposing his transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center is DENIED", he concluded in his ruling Wednesday.

Paul Manafort has moved, over his objections, to a new jail with a history of illustrious guests. "It is surprising and confusing when the counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem", Ellis wrote Wednesday, adding, "Defense counsel has not identified any general or specific threat to defendant's safety at the Alexandria Detention Center".

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.

A judge ordered the transfer after Manafort's lawyers complained it was hard for them and him to prepare for his trial because he was being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day in a Warsaw, Virginia, jail located a two-hour drive from his attorneys' Washington office. More recently, investigators charged that Manafort had tampered with witnesses in the lobbying case. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it re-connects to the Internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", prosecutors said.

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Manafort's trial in Virginia is expected to begin later this month.

But Manafort's lawyers, in a motion that sought to delay his July 25 trial, argued in part that they had to travel 100 miles to meet with their client.

However, the attorneys balked when the judge agreed to move him to closer to the courthouse, possibly because he enjoyed "unique privileges" at his former facility, according to The New York Times. He has not reached out, they said in court filings.

Mueller is scrutinizing Manafort as part of his investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, though the charges are not directly related to his role on President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russia probe can "proceed" given FBI agent's private comments MORE's campaign. The Reagan White House didn't grant him a waiver to serve as both a public official and a foreign lobbyist, so instead of registering with the Justice Department or resigning from the federal agency, Manafort avoided the disclosures, prosecutors say. In a separate case pending in Alexandria, Virginia, he also faces bank fraud and tax-related charges.

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