Manafort, who was President Trump's campaign chairman for several months, last week asked for his July 25 trial in Alexandria federal court to be delayed until this fall, saying his incarceration in Virginia's Northern Neck has made it too hard to prepare.
Lawyers working for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller objected Wednesday to Manafort's bid to delay the trial scheduled for July 25 in Alexandria, Va.
Manafort's trial in Washington, D.C.is set to kick off in September.
Ellis insisted this week that the transfer proceed even after Manafort's lawyers, citing concerns about his safety and adjusting to a new jail so close to his trial date, asked that he stay put.
In their court filing Wednesday, prosecutors sought to pick apart Manafort's arguments that he needs to delay the trial because of his jail conditions. 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. He also has a personal laptop, they say, with an extension cord so he can use it in his unit and not just the workroom.
He's even got his own "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units", the filing says.
Besides those perks, Manafort also has his own bathroom and shower, and he doesn't have to wear a prison uniform. Mueller's office pointed out that the supposed reasons for the delay-including the aforementioned lack of prep time and wanting "passions to cool" so jurors could be impartial-would seem to apply to both cases, yet Manafort has not asked to delay the D.C. case, which is also focuses on his Ukraine work.
The prosecutors' filing says Manafort has everything he needs to prepare for the trial, including his own phone and computer.
While he isn't technically allowed to send or receive emails, Manafort has, according to the special counsel, developed a workaround, revealing on a monitored phone call that "in order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team".
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. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the filing stated. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Manafort is charged with bank and tax fraud in eastern Virginia and is separately charged in Washington with counts including money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.
Updated at 2:05 p.m.