This is Paul Manafort behind bars

"On Thursday, July 12, Paul Manafort was booked into the Alexandria Detention Center, formally known as the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center", Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne said in a statement.

Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, had asked for his July 25 trial on bank and tax-fraud charges to be delayed in large part because it was hard to prepare while incarcerated 100 miles away at a regional jail in Warsaw, Va.

NBC News is reporting that Manafort is in "protective custody which limits his interactions with other inmates", citing the sheriff.

But the special counsel's team reported on Wednesday that Manafort told an unnamed person by phone that "I've gone through all the discovery now", only days before his lawyers filed a motion to continue the case.

Manafort is awaiting criminal trial on July 25. Prosecutors said Wednesday in a court filing that Manafort had "unique privileges" there, including a larger-than-average cell, "his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone and his own work space to prepare for trial".

While Manafort was not required to wear a jail-issued uniform at Northern Neck Regional Jail where he was being housed until Thursday morning, Bertsch says all inmates at the jail in Alexandria are required to wear the dark green jail jumpsuits used at that facility.

Paul Manafort may be in jail, but he's getting treated better than other inmates, according to special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is arguing against Manafort's call for his trial date to be pushed back. "All of those defendants were housed safely in Alexandria pending their respective trials and defendant's experience at the Alexandria Detention Center will presumably be no different".

On Tuesday, Judge T.S. Ellis III of the United States District Court in Alexandria ordered that Manafort be transferred. Manafort responded by requesting he be allowed to stay in Warsaw, citing safety concerns and "the challenges he will face in adjusting to a new place of confinement" just before trial, Bloomberg reports.

"The professionals at the Alexandria Detention Center are very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors", Ellis wrote.

The jail's past inmates have included Federal Bureau of Investigation agent-turned Russian spy Robert Hanssen and the terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, who was involved in the plot that led to the September 11 attacks.

"Manafort also possesses a personal laptop that he is permitted to use in his unit", prosecutors wrote. Those charges relate to consulting and lobbying work he did on behalf of pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

The jail where Manafort spent the last month is in Warsaw, Virginia, nearly 100 miles from Washington, D.C. Manafort has been charged with money laundering, bank fraud, and other violations.

Vanessa Coleman

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