Mueller used Paul Manafort’s own words to throw cold water on his argument in a new court filing

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Paul Manafort recently filed a motion asking the judge in one of the two criminal cases against him to push back his trial date, arguing that he does not have enough access to his lawyers and documents needed to prepare a defense.
The special counsel Robert Mueller, who charged Manafort in both cases, threw cold water on Manafort’s argument in a new court filing Wednesday.
The document said Manafort enjoys “VIP” privileges at the prison he’s incarcerated in, has had over 100 phone calls with his lawyers, and is able to write and receive emails, among other things.

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The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office used Paul Manafort’s own words against him in a new court filing Wednesday.

Manafort is the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign. He is a defendant in two criminal cases from Mueller’s office, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Manafort stands charged with over two dozen counts related to his lobbying work in Ukraine, including tax and bank fraud, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, failure to register as a foreign agent, and making false statements.

One of the two indictments against Manafort is in Washington, DC, and the other is in Virginia. The DC trial is scheduled for September 17, and the Virginia trial is set for July 25. Manafort is incarcerated in Virginia, and he recently asked the court to push back the latter trial date, arguing that the circumstances of his incarceration mean he won’t be ready for the trial in time. But Mueller’s office appeared to throw cold water on several of Manafort’s arguments in Wednesday’s filing opposing Manafort’s request.

Prosecutors noted that US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the Washington, DC, case, ordered that Manafort “be …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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