Manafort has also asked for the Virginia trial to be moved to Roanoke, saying northern Virginians were too overwhelmed with news stories about the case and too hostile toward the Trump administration to give him a fair trial.
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.
As for listening in on Manafort's phone calls, Nanavati wrote: "Armed with personal conversations between Mr. Manafort and his family, the special counsel selects snippets to support its version of events". Judge T.S. Ellis said the move will "ensure that the defendant has access to his counsel and can adequately prepare his defense", The Washington Post reported.
The judge responded by ordering the U.S. Marshal Service to move Manafort from a jail in Warsaw, Virginia, to one in Alexandria.
Manafort was ordered to jail by a federal judge in the District of Columbia, where he faces charges stemming from his work for a Russia-backed political party in Ukraine.
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Far from restrictive, prosecutors said Manafort had been provided with a personal telephone in his cell, which he used for more than 300 calls with attorneys and others over the past three weeks. The former Trump aide apparently didn't even have to wear a prison jumpsuit. Ellis said he made that decision in response to Manafort's complaints about the difficulty in getting ready for the trial.
The judge assured that the Alexandria jail was "very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors", according to the LA Times, adding on Wednesday that, "it is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem".
Since then, Manafort's lawyers have said they can not properly prepare for trial with a client jailed two hours outside of Washington, D.C.
Manafort was remanded to a jail in Warsaw, Virginia about 100 miles from Washington following Mueller's allegations that he was tampering with witnesses.
Manafort's legal team shot back in their own filing Wednesday, calling prosecutors' characterization of Manafort's living conditions as "self-serving and inaccurate".
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.