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Former Trump marketing campaign chief Paul Manafort has been transferred in opposition to his needs to a brand new Virginia lockup — which issued a mugshot displaying him in a inexperienced jail jumpsuit with a scruffy face.
Earlier this week, a federal decide ordered Manafort moved from the distant Northern Neck Regional Jail to the Alexandria Detention Middle after his authorized crew complained that the gap and restrictions of the primary facility would impair his means to organize for trial on fees introduced by particular counsel Robert Mueller.
Manafort, who had raised the problems in hopes of getting the primary of his two trials delayed, rapidly objected to the switch and mentioned in courtroom papers that adjusting to a brand new place could be too disruptive and distracting.
The decide held agency and insisted that U.S. marshals make the swap. Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne mentioned Manafort was booked into the detention heart on Thursday.
“As a result of he’s a high-profile inmate, Mr. Manafort will probably be positioned in protecting custody which limits his interactions with different inmates,” Lawhorne mentioned.
“Particular particulars about Mr. Manafort’s confinement won’t be made public as a consequence of safety and privateness issues. We’ll work carefully with the U.S. Marshals to make sure his correct care whereas he stays in our custody.”
The reserving picture, nevertheless, does verify one element: Manafort should put on the identical uniform as the remainder of the inmates.
That is notable as a result of Mueller’s crew mentioned in a courtroom submitting Wednesday that Manafort was not required to put on prison-issue clothes whereas at Northern Neck. Additionally they mentioned Manafort had a telephone and laptop computer in his one-man self-contained housing unit, had discovered a method to get emails despatched, and boasted that he was handled like a “VIP.”
Manafort is awaiting separate trials in Washington and Virginia on fees stemming from his enterprise dealings and Ukraine lobbying work — alleged crimes uncovered by Mueller whereas he was investigating Russian meddling within the 2016 election.
His bail was revoked after prosecutors accused him of witness tampering whereas he was on home arrest.