Paul Manafort says he's being treated like a "VIP" in jail

Paul Manafort says he's being treated like a "VIP" in jail

The government disputes this, noting that in a taped phone conversation, Manafort was heard saying, "I've gone through all the discovery now," and that he has "all my files, like I would at home."

"[C]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.

On Wednesday, Manafort's lawyers filed a response to the government's description of his detention, calling it a "cavalier dismissal" of the challenges that come with two trials.

They also complained about the special counsel's use of Manafort's phone conversations, and they argue that the government is creating its own narrative of Manafort's current situation

"Armed with personal conversations between Mr. Manafort and his family, the Special Counsel selects snippets to support its version of events," Manafort's filing reads.

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