Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Wednesday submitted a filing opposing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s request to delay one of his two scheduled trials for months, arguing that Manafort contradicted his own claims about poor jail conditions in a prison phone call where he bragged about being treated like a “VIP” with a private bathroom and shower, a personal telephone and laptop, and freedom to wear his own clothes rather than a prison uniform.
“Contrary to Manafort’s assertions about his jail conditions, Manafort is in a private unit in which he can review materials and prepare for trial,” the filing states.
“Manafort has access to a separate workroom at the jail to meet with his attorneys and legal team,” it continues. “Visitor logs from the prison indicate that each week Manafort has had multiple visits with his legal team.”
The Hill added:
Manafort’s attorney previously appealed for Manafort’s release, saying that he was kept in “solitary confinement” for 23 hours per day.
The former Trump campaign chairman is facing charges stemming from to several alleged financial crimes related to his work before joining the Trump campaign.