Paul Manafort has been running his mouth as of late, about the amazing life he has been given while incarcerated on charges on money laundering and bank fraud. Manafort was on house arrest until recently when Robert Mueller asked the judge on the case to revoke his bail based on evidence of witness tampering.
Now, Mueller has responded to Manafort’s gloating about the alleged VIP treatment he’s receiving in jail. According to Talking Points Memo:
“A court document filed by special counsel Robert Mueller Wednesday provides new details about the relatively cushy conditions Paul Manafort is facing in jail, and includes alleged comments Manafort made on monitored phone calls that undermine his lawyers’ request that his trial in Virginia be delayed. The filing was in response to a Manafort request to delay his trial scheduled this month.”
Manafort was apparently caught on a recorded line bragging about getting around the prison system to use his private email, have access to a cell phone, and private living and lavatory areas. This is much more than any other prisoner is getting, and is in fact against the law.
Manafort also made a request to move his trial. An attempt that Mueller apparently saw right through. The report continues:
“Manafort had argued in filings last week that the move by the judge in the D.C. case to put in him jail while he awaits trial — after allegations he engaged in witness tampering — had severely impeded his preparation for the trial in Virginia, which is slated to begin later this month. His filings included the claim that he was being held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day — prompting his supporters and conservative journalists to suggest he was being treated unfairly.”
“Mueller, on Tuesday, alleged that last week’s delay request was the first time Manafort raised any concerns but how his detention was affecting his ongoing trial prep. The special counsel pointed to a number of details about his current detention — many of those details mentioned by Manafort himself on monitored phone calls — that suggested that the jail was going out of its away to facilitate his trial prep.”
Now, Manafort’s new mugshot has been released, and the image of him in a green jumpsuit is one that will go down in political history. Check it out below via TPM:
That’s just unsettling. Check out the court document here.
According to TPM, this mugshot was taken July 12th:
“On Thursday, July 12, Paul Manafort was booked into the Alexandria Detention Center, formally known as the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. According to Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, “Mr. Manafort’s arrival and booking process were routine.””
“Sheriff Lawhorne added, “Because he is a high-profile inmate, Mr. Manafort will be placed in protective custody which limits his interactions with other inmates. Specific details about Mr. Manafort’s confinement will not be made public due to security and privacy concerns. We will work closely with the U.S. Marshals to ensure his proper care while he remains in our custody.””
“The Alexandria Detention Center is operated by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and houses approximately 400 inmates, including federal inmates under an agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service. In the past, the Alexandria Detention Center has housed several high-profile inmates including Robert Hanssen and Zacarias Moussaoui.”