Paul Manafort asks for trial to be moved to Roanoke

Paul Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman leaves the federal courthouse in Washington

Paul Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman leaves the federal courthouse in Washington

Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing said Manafort is being held for 23 hours a day because "the facility can not otherwise guarantee his safety" and complained he can not adequately prepare for his upcoming trial, which is slated for July 25.

'He is locked in his cell for at least 23 hours per day (excluding visits from his attorneys),' they wrote in an appeal created to get him back on house arrest until the first of his twin federal trial begins in three weeks.

Warsaw is a 2-hour drive from Washington, making collaborating with his lawyers a challenge for the 69-year-old Manafort, they argued in court papers last week.

They also wrote that Manafort does not deserve special treatment since the limitations he's facing "are common to defendants incarcerated pending trial". The lawyers are asking a federal appeals court to overturn the judge's order and release him under certain conditions as he awaits trial. They also say U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over Manafort's case in Washington and who ordered him to jail, did not analyze carefully enough whether Manafort had actually committed witness tampering.

Mueller's team dismissed that argument. He argued that media attention to Manafort's upcoming trial has been "most intense in and around Washington, D.C.", including Alexandria.

Manafort is one of four Trump campaign or White House aides to have been charged in Mueller's investigation.

The rural Virginia facility is the same one that housed former National Football League star Michael Vick after his conviction for dogfighting.

Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, asked a federal judge Friday to relocate a criminal trial starting later this month because of pretrial publicity.

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