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. In its own filing, Mueller's team said Manafort's attempt to tamper with witnesses is "no less damaging to the justice system when committed through covert corrupt persuasion than through overt violence".
Manafort seeks to be released, his lawyers said, to better prepare for those criminal trials.
Manafort is one of four Trump campaign aides to have been charged in Mueller's investigation. Trump has also downplayed the charges against Manafort, saying they are unrelated to his time on the campaign.
They also wrote that Manafort does not deserve special treatment since the limitations he's facing "are common to defendants incarcerated pending trial".
The document also noted President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-CIA chief Brennan compares Trump to Bernie Madoff Timeline: The controversies of Scott Pruitt Warren: Trump should have fired Pruitt "28 scandals ago" MORE's tweet claiming Manfort unfairly received a "tough sentence", "incorrectly suggesting that Mr. Manafort had been sentenced for committing a crime". Plus, prosecutors are still turning over evidence that Manafort may use to prepare his defense, including electronic data from his longtime deputy Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty in DC federal court and agreed to assist prosecutors.
While Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has brought a number of indictments related to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, there has not yet been any public evidence connecting any directly to Donald Trump. Manafort has been held in Northern Neck Regional Jail, about two hours from DC in rural Virginia, and has not been seen publicly since June 15.
"The facility and U.S. Marshals have acted with professionalism and respect in their efforts to ensure Mr. Manafort's safety".
"Nowhere in the country is the bias against Mr. Manafort more apparent than here in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area", Manafort's lawyers wrote.
They argue that Berman Jackson was wrong to revoke his bail for alleged witness tampering.