The 69-year-old political operative, who is detained while awaiting trial on charges of financial crimes, made the comments in monitored prison telephone calls, according to a court filing by the office of Robert Mueller, the special counsel.
The government said Mr. Manafort's conditions are not "more restrictive than other inmates" and in various ways, "less restrictive".More news: Stormy Daniels arrested in 'political motivated act'
Then, once Judge T.S. Ellis ruled that he should be moved to the Alexandria facility earlier this week, Manafort filed another response effectively rescinding his request, citing "concerns about his safety" and "challenges he will face in adjusting to a new place of confinement and the changing circumstances of detention two weeks before trial".
Manafort asked to delay the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, until after he's been tried in Washington where he's accused of failing to register in the U.S.as an agent of Ukraine and of laundering millions of dollars.
In phone calls reviewed by Mueller, Manafort has told unidentified associates that he's finished going through discovery; meets regularly with his legal team; and has access to all his files, "like I would at home".
Manafort was transfered to Alexandria Detention Center yesterday as he awaits criminal trial over the charges surrounding his alleged bank fraud and suspicious global dealings.More news: Ostapenko & Kerber in to Wimbledon last four
In their court filing today, prosecutors sought to pick apart Manafort's arguments that he needs to delay the trial because of his jail conditions. In the last three weeks, Manafort has had more than 100 phone calls with his attorneys, and another 200 calls with other individuals, according to the filing.
Manafort was reportedly not required to wear a prison uniform and was allowed to use his laptop in his cell, they said. Here the judge will also consider a request to have the trial moved to another city - Manafort argues he can not get a fair trial in Alexandria due to the publicity of his case.
Defense attorneys voiced those concerns in a motion last week asking for the case to be pushed back to this fall, after Manafort goes on trial on related charges in District of Columbia federal court.More news: Trump Administration Opposed Global Pro-Breastfeeding Resolution (Until Russia Sponsored It)
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