Washington federal court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sent Manafort to jail on June 15 for violating the terms of his pre-trial release by attempting to contact potential witnesses.
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. Judge Ellis initially ordered on Tuesday that Manafort should be moved closer to the Washington, D.C., area "to ensure that defendant has access to his counsel and can adequately prepare his defense". Despite saying in monitored phone calls that he is being treated like a "VIP" while behind bars, Manafort's lawyers have argued that they can not properly prepare for a trial scheduled to start this month with a client jailed two hours outside of Washington, D.C.
The federal judge overseeing Paul Manafort's upcoming trial on bank and tax fraud charges is giving prosecutors until Friday to respond to defense requests to move the case to Roanoke, Va., and postpone its start now slated for later this month. He told people over a recorded phone line from the jail that he was being treated like a VIP and had reviewed all of the evidence before the trial, prosecutors said.
Manafort, who was assigned an extra-large cell in his current jail, also has access to a separate workroom to meet with his attorneys from 8:30 a.m.to 10:00 p.m. Visitor logs from the jail show that each week Manafort had multiple visits with his legal team, according to Mueller's filing.
As for listening in on Manafort's phone calls, Nanavati wrote: "Armed with personal conversations between Mr. Manafort and his family, the special counsel selects snippets to support its version of events". "Having just complained" about the jail in Warsaw, Virginia, he wrote, Manafort's lawyers had not identified any specific threat to his safety at the Alexandria jail.
Prosecutors working for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, however, have signaled they are ready to start their case in Virginia on July 25 as planned. And he has had extensive access to his counsel and materials: On July 4, 2018, Manafort remarked in a taped prison call that he is able to visit with his lawyers every day, and that he has "all my files like I would at home".
Manafort has asked to delay the Virginia trial for months.
Manafort was ordered to jail by a federal judge in the District of Columbia, where he faces charges stemming from his work for a Russia-backed political party in Ukraine.
They pointed out that he has had a personal telephone in his unit at the Northern Neck Regional Jail and has had more than 100 phone calls with his lawyers in the last three weeks as they prepare for trial.
"In order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team".
Prosecutors said most of the documents handed over recently are from Manafort's own bookkeeping service and are not unfamiliar to him. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Hull said that when jail officials learned Manafort was communicating by email, his attorneys were told to stop the practice.