Paul Manafort's New Mug Shot

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The federal judge overseeing Paul Manafort's upcoming trial on bank and tax fraud charges is giving prosecutors until Friday to respond to defense requests to move the case to Roanoke, Va., and postpone its start now slated for later this month.

But he resisted being brought to Alexandria. In the Northern Neck he had a private phone and computer and did not have to wear a uniform, according to prosecutors. In Alexandria, there are no private electronics for inmates, and Manafort was wearing a green jumpsuit when his mug shot was taken Thursday. But defense attorneys opposed that move, citing concerns about Manafort's safety.

Judge T.S. Ellis rejected those concerns in moving Manafort to Alexandria.

The Alexandria jail is "very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors", Ellis wrote, denying Manafort's request to leave him in place, about a two-hour drive from his lawyers. He's awaiting two separate trials - one in Washington, D.C., and one in Alexandria, Virginia. The Washington trial is scheduled for September 17.

Aldrich Ames and Harold James Nicholson, CIA agents who were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union, also were held in Alexandria. So was New York Times reporter Judith Miller when she refused to cooperate with prosecutors in a leak investigation. The extremist politician Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. faced fraud charges while incarcerated in the jail.

Manafort has been jailed since last month after a judge revoked his house arrest.

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They pointed out that he has had a personal telephone in his unit at the Northern Neck Regional Jail and has had more than 100 phone calls with his lawyers in the last three weeks as they prepare for trial.

A judge ordered the transfer after Manafort's lawyers complained it was hard for them and him to prepare for his trial because he was being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day in a Warsaw, Virginia, jail located a two-hour drive from his attorneys' Washington office.

When Moussaoui was in the jail he had an entire pod of cells to himself and met there with his lawyers, defense attorney Ed MacMahon said, "for security reasons".

"Armed with personal conversations between Mr. Manafort and his family, the special counsel selects snippets to support its version of events", Manafort's lawyers said.

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Hull said that when jail officials learned Manafort was communicating by email, his attorneys were told to stop the practice.

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Manafort has even "developed a workaround" to send emails, which prisoners normally would not be allowed to do, according to prosecutors.

"So, I think they're going full steam ahead".

The judge wasn't swayed, and he again ordered Manafort to move jails. Both cases stem from his work for a Russia-backed political party in Ukraine.

While the Virginia case appears to be a fairly straightforward bank fraud and money-laundering prosecution, the Washington case may be more politically perilous to the White House because it could touch on the Trump campaign's possible connections to pro-Russian forces.

Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court, Washington, June 15, 2018.

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