Robert Mueller’s special counsel prosecutors are reportedly furious over a recorded phone call by Paul Manafort from inside the prison he’s currently housed at in Northern Neck, VA, and they’ve filed new court documents containing excerpts of the call in an effort to put an end to Manafort’s delaying tactics.
Carrie Johnson, a reporter for National Public Radio, tweeted on Wednesday that the special counsel team has “had it” with the stalling by Manafort and his legal team, and the documents they filed in the Virginia District Court today show that Manafort has had zero hardships in the run-up to his trial — not even the preparation and collaboration (with legal counsel) difficulties that Manafort cited when complaining about being sent to the Northern Neck facility to begin with.
Mueller team has *had it* with Paul Manafort’s bid to delay his July 25 trial. In new doc, they cite recorded jail phone call where M says he is being treated like a “VIP”, doesn’t have to wear prison uniform and gets his own laptop to review discovery materials.
— Carrie Johnson (@johnson_carrie) July 11, 2018
Manafort is just the type of person to forget that all prison phone calls are recorded, and that the first person to listen to his will be Robert Mueller, up until Manafort is sentenced to what is sure to be essentially a life term. But Mueller is likely beside himself after learning about the conditions under which Manafort has been being held. According to a Wednesday report by the Washington Post, the court documents include prosecutors detailing life on the inside for Manafort:
“Among the unique privileges Manafort enjoys at the jail are a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates’ units, his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial,” the prosecutors wrote. “Manafort is also not required to wear a prison uniform.” He also has a personal laptop, they say, with an extension cord so he can use it in his unit and not just the workroom.
Watch for this blatant bragging by Manafort to backfire on him spectacularly as he is now moved to a facility in Alexandria, Virginia — a far less accommodating prison.
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