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Manafort mugshot released

The Hill logo The Hill 2018-07-12 Emily Birnbaum

a man posing for the camera © Provided by The Hill The mugshot of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released on Thursday as he was moved to a jail that is closer to Washington, D.C.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered that Manafort, who was indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, move to the Arlington jail so he could better communicate with his lawyers. The jail where he has spent the past month is in Warsaw, Va., almost 100 miles from the capital.

Manafort has been charged with money laundering and bank fraud, among other violations.

A federal judge revoked Manafort's bail and house arrest last month when new charges were filed claiming he tried to sway the testimony of two witnesses in Mueller's probe.

Reports have emerged in recent days that Manafort says he is getting the "VIP treatment" in jail, with access to his email, cellphone, a private space and a private bathroom.

Mueller is scrutinizing Manafort as part of his investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, though the charges are not directly related to his role on President Trump's campaign.

The White House has repeatedly sought distance from Mueller, saying he worked on the campaign for a "very limited amount of time" and was only hired to "count delegates."

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and led operations until August, a period including the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Mueller on Wednesday asked a federal court for 100 blank subpoenas in the case against former campaign chairman.

Mueller's investigation has resulted in 20 indictments and five guilty pleas so far.

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