The Mueller Investigation is getting real, y'all, and to prove it, here's the mugshot of former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
The jail houses about 400 inmates, and at least 140 beds are reserved for federal prisoners like Manafort.
In response, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ordered Manafort moved from his current jail to one in Alexandria where the federal courthouse is located, so he could be closer to his lawyers.
If you've been following along closely as we have, you would notice that Mueller picked up on Ellis' Wednesday footnote burn of Manafort and Co. and is using it to his advantage. DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger Mueller filing: Manafort has personal phone, laptop, not required to wear prison uniform MORE was released on Thursday as he was moved to a jail that is closer to Washington, D.C.
In monitored phone calls at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va., Manafort has told others he is being treated like a "VIP," the government team added. Ellis appeared to be frustrated by Manafort's attorneys when they expressed concerns with their client's safety after the judge chose to ease travel burdens they complained about. 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's legal team shot back in their own filing Wednesday, calling prosecutors' characterization of Manafort's living conditions as "self-serving and inaccurate". 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.
Manafort's trial in Virginia is expected to begin later this month. They said Mueller's team "does not pause to consider the reasons a detained defendant might have to make his situation sound better when speaking with concerned friends and family".
President Donald Trump seized on these words and said, as he does, Judge Ellis "is really something special, I hear from many standpoints".