Shocking mugshot shows unshaven Paul Manafort as he's moved to different jail

Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016

The dueling court filings are part of an ongoing tussle over Manafort's confinement that began after a judge revoked his house arrest last month and ordered him jailed on witness tampering allegations.

The 69-year-old political operative, who is detained while awaiting trial on charges of financial crimes, made the comments in monitored prison telephone calls, according to a court filing by the office of Robert Mueller, the special counsel.

The judge was unmoved by Manafort's arguments.

The jail houses about 400 inmates, and at least 140 beds are reserved for federal prisoners like Manafort. According to Northern Neck Superintendent Ted Hull, in the so-called VIP section, there is "no qualitative or quantitative difference" between cells and that Manafort has access to the same privileges as other VIP inmates.

Manafort has been charged with financial and foreign lobbying-related crimes as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

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It's not clear yet whether or not Manafort will get the same perks in the new facility, but Ellis assured Manafort's legal team that the staff at the Alexandria Detention Center was "very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors". They also say he has his own workspace and has had more than 100 phone calls with lawyers in the last three weeks.

Mr. Manafort is facing trials in Washington and Virginia on tax evasion, bank fraud, lying to investigators and other charges. His lawyers had cited concerns about his safety in trying to block the transfer, but U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III didn't buy it.

If you've been following along closely as we have, you would notice that Mueller picked up on Ellis' Wednesday footnote burn of Manafort and Co. and is using it to his advantage.

Manafort's legal team shot back in their own filing Wednesday, calling prosecutors' characterization of Manafort's living conditions as "self-serving and inaccurate". "Specific details about Mr. Manafort's confinement will not be made public due to security and privacy concerns".

Though Manafort's lawyers have said he spends almost all of his days in solitary confinement, prosecutors described his living arrangements as a "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units" with its own bathroom and shower. His Washington, D.C., trial is set to kick off in September.

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