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Paul Manafort Arrives At Alexandria Jail, Gets Mugshot

Posted on Jul 13,2018
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Image via Alexandria Sheriff's Office

By Emily Leayman

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was moved to the Alexandria jail Thursday morning ahead of his July 25 trial for charges related to bank and tax fraud.

A federal judge in Alexandria had ordered Paul Manafort to be moved to the Alexandria jail ahead of the trial. Attorneys for Manafort unsuccessfully tried to stop the move, saying the transition would present difficulty as Manafort prepares for the trial.

Judge T.S. Ellis III went forward with the order despite these objections, writing, "The professionals at the Alexandria Detention Center are very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors. All these defendants were housed safely in Alexandria pending their respective trials and defendant's experience at the Alexandria Detention Center will presumably be no different."

The Alexandria Sheriff's Office confirmed his arrival and released a mugshot.

"Because he is a high-profile inmate, Mr. Manafort will be placed in protective custody which limits his interactions with other inmates," Sheriff Dana Lawhorne said in a statement to The Washington Post. "Specific details about Mr. Manafort's confinement will not be made public due to security and privacy concerns."

Manafort had been jailed at Northern Neck Regional Jail after a judge revoked his bail in June. The judge ordered Manafort's transfer to "ensure that the defendant has access to his counsel and can adequately prepare his defense." Lawyers for Manafort previously asked for the trial date to be moved due to the distance between the DC region and Northern Neck and for the trial be moved to Roanoke, citing potential bias of Northern Virginians against their client and the Trump administration.

Manafort faces trial for charges related to bank and tax fraud in Alexandria federal court and a second trial in DC federal court in September.

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