The mugshot of former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMueller asks court for 100 more blank subpoenas ahead of Manafort trial Hillicon Valley: Hacker tried to sell military docs on dark web | Facebook fined over Cambridge Analytica | US closer to lifting ZTE ban | Trump, Obama lose followers in Twitter purge | 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.
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered that Manafort, who was indicted as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s investigation, move to the Arlington jail so he could better communicate with his lawyers. The jail where he has spent the past month is in Warsaw, Va., almost 100 miles from the capital.
Manafort has been charged with money laundering and bank fraud, among other violations.
A federal judge revoked Manafort’s bail and house arrest last month when new charges were filed claiming he tried to sway the testimony of two witnesses in Mueller’s probe.
Reports have emerged in recent days that Manafort says he is getting the “VIP treatment” in jail, with access to his email, cellphone, a private space and a private bathroom.
Mueller is scrutinizing Manafort as part of his investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, though the charges are not directly related to his role on President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to NATO in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by NATO allies, but says ‘it isn’t nearly enough’ Trump questions how Russia probe can ‘proceed’ given FBI agent’s private comments MORE‘s campaign.
The White House has repeatedly sought distance from Mueller, saying he worked on the campaign for a “very limited amount of time” and was only hired to “count delegates.”
Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and led operations until August, a period including the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Mueller on Wednesday asked a federal court for 100 blank subpoenas in the case against former campaign chairman.
Mueller’s investigation has resulted in 20 indictments and five guilty pleas so far.