Manafort's legal team responded to special counsel Robert Mueller's filing on Wednesday that detailed "VIP" treatment Manafort has been receiving at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va. Mueller and his prosecutors strongly opposed Manafort's motion to delay his trial.
According to The Washington Post, Manafort - who has been charged with financial- and foreign lobbying-related crimes as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe - is being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia.
The filing also asserts that Manafort has a personal telephone, laptop with extension court for private use in his own unit and access to all necessary documents.
Far from restrictive, prosecutors said Manafort had been provided with a personal telephone in his cell, which he used for more than 300 calls with attorneys and others over the past three weeks.
Manafort is charged with bank and tax fraud in eastern Virginia and is separately charged in Washington with counts including money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.
Not long after Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) Judge T.S. Ellis III had some stern words for Paul Manafort's lawyers and ordered the defendant to be transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center, Manafort's team has made a decision to fight back on another front.
Prosecutors say Manafort's almost unlimited access to his lawyers means he should have no problem preparing for the trial.
"When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the prosecutors wrote.
"On the monitored prison phone calls", Weissman wrote, "Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a 'VIP'". "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center can not easily be explained or resolved".
In a D.C. court filing in which he described his jailing, Manafort had said he is kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day.
Besides those perks, Manafort also has his own bathroom and shower, and he doesn't have to wear a prison uniform.
"Review of that material can be accomplished well in advance of the July 25 trial date and does not warrant a months-long adjournment", the government filings said.
Manafort has been held there since June 15, when a judge in Washington, D.C., ordered him detained, partly because of new charges that he had attempted to tamper with witnesses. He instructed the U.S. Marshals Service to move Manafort to Alexandria, as he initially planned. He has scheduled a hearing on both issues for Tuesday at 1 p.m.