Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Trump, has been jailed at Northern Neck Regional Jail since a judge denied bail.
Judge T.S Ellis offered a solution, ordering Manafort be transferred to a closer jailhouse located in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington D.C so that he could meet with his defense more frequently.
Manafort had said that being locked up so far from his lawyers made it hard to prepare for his trial on charges of bank and tax fraud.
Prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday that Manafort has told people he is being treated like a "VIP" in the Northern Neck lockup, where he has his own phone and computer, writes emails and does not have to wear a uniform. 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 Wednesday's filing.
Though Manafort's lawyers have said he spends almost all of his days in solitary confinement, prosecutors described his living arrangements as a "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units" with its own bathroom and shower.
Manafort had been typing emails on his attorneys' laptop that the lawyers would send once they were outside the jail, according to a government court filing this week. To make their case, they cited recorded jail calls and prison logs suggesting Manafort has been getting better treatment than most detainees, not worse.
Prosecutors working for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, however, have signaled they are ready to start their case in Virginia on July 25 as planned. The judge added that Manafort's "access to counsel and his ability to prepare for trial trumps his personal comfort".
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For nearly a month, he has lived in a VIP unit at a rural Virginia regional jail two hours from Washington, where he's retained some conveniences of the outside world.
Initially placed under house arrest, Manafort was ordered to jail by a judge in mid-June for alleged witness tampering. They claimed they needed more time to prepare their defense, and they pointed to the location of Manafort's jail as part of the problem. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted".
Manafort was ordered to jail by a federal judge in the District of Columbia, where he faces related charges.
They also recently provided Manafort with 8,290 documents from the computer of his former business partner, Rick Gates, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the prosecution.
Separately, in Washington federal court, prosecutors building a second criminal case against Manafort disclosed their allegation that the longtime lobbyist's foreign lobbying violations date to the 1980s.
"Manafort can hardly now complain about the order of the trials", the special counsel's attorneys said.
"The five previously charged counts against Manfort remain unchanged: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA [Foreign Agents Registration Act] statements, and false statements", the special counsel's spokesman said last month.