For a second time, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort failed in convincing a judge to throw out evidence from a July 2017 Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his home.
Mueller's special counsel team has hit Manafort with three superseding indictments in two federal courts - Washington, D.C., and Virginia - amounting to more than 40 charges related to money laundering, tax and bank fraud, conspiracy, and other financial crimes that largely predate his time on the Trump campaign.
Prosecutors also said Mr. Manafort has access to his own separate workroom to meet with lawyers at the Northern Neck Jail in Warsaw, Virginia.
Judge T.S. Ellis gave the special counsel prosecuting Manafort until Friday to respond to those motions.
Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager, had asked for his July 25 trial on bank and tax fraud charges to be delayed in large part because it was hard to prepare while incarcerated 100 miles away.
Manafort asked for the delay on the grounds he has been unable to prepare for his trial properly since being jailed.
Prosecutors says he is being held in a private living unit larger than where other inmates stay that has its own bathroom, shower, telephone and workspace, and he has a laptop with an extension cord he can use daily in his room at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia. Manafort doesn't even have to wear a prison jumpsuit.
"When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the Internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", they wrote.
Between the two cases, Manafort's lawyers say the government has produced about 2 million pages of documents, tens of thousands of which came in the past few months.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington revoked Manafort's bail last month, saying she had no choice but to lock him up because of alleged witness tampering. "Visitor logs from the prison indicate that each week Manafort has had multiple visits with his legal team". (Mueller, in court filings, would rebut media reports that it was a no-knock raid).
"C$3 ontrary to Manafort's assertions about his jail conditions, Manafort is in a private unit in which he can review materials and prepare for trial", the special counsel said in its brief.
Manafort, in his suppression request, argued that the warrant wasn't specific enough in describing the evidence it sought to seize, and that its scope was broader than the probable cause on which it was based.
Manafort has also argued that his trial should be moved from Alexandria to Roanoke, where jurors are more likely to support the president, his attorneys told the court.