Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort sent to VIP style jail in Virginia
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 17, 2018 Updated: 4:41 PM PT
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who worked for and guided the campaign for four and a half months, appeared in federal court in Washington, DC Friday, and had his bail revoked for witness tampering. He was immediately taken into custody and transported to jail where he will stay until his trial starts in July.
Instead being sent to jail in the District of Columbia 20 minutes away, Manafort was sent 90 miles away to the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia.
Manafort entered Northern Neck Jail as prisoner number 45343 in housing unit VIP-1 without incident. Described by one person as, “a community college” or “boarding school with locked gates,” the jail is equipped with an ATM machine so prisoners have access to money if they want to buy clothing or other things from the commissary, telephone systems where prisoners can receive voicemails, and electronic pads/tablets for video visits from anyone with a computer or smartphone.
The jail was built under the combined efforts of Westmoreland counties and the town of Warsaw. It opened in 1995.
Inmates are permitted to have personal video chat visits with friends and family. Advertising for the service reads, “Are you tired of taking the time to drive to the jail and wait in long lines for your visit? Would you rather conveniently schedule your next visit according to your own availability instead of being subjected to limited visitation times? Do you want your loved one to feel like they are home with you, even when they can't be?” They went on to advertise how their system “enables you to begin visiting remotely with your incarcerated loved one using a computer with a web camera connected to the internet.”
The secure tablet, “enables inmates to place calls to anyone, anytime, in relative privacy and safety [and] helps avoid confrontations in common areas.”
The tablet allows eBooks, music, podcasts, and 25 choices of games to play. Contrast those conditions to the ones at the DC Jail where Manafort would have gone had he not enjoyed the privilege that comes with wealth.
Jail records show that Manafort was assigned visitation time of 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. on Fridays.
When Manafort was under house arrest living in his condo in Alexandria, Virginia, he presented the judge with a letter from his doctor regarding the perils of confinement hoping it would free him from house arrest.
Despite access to communications, it's unclear rather Manafort's calls will be monitored considering his bail was revoked for witnesses tampering through electronic communications.
Shortly after, President Trump took to Twitter in response to Manafort’s imprisonment.
In a impromptu press conference outside the White House, President Trump downplayed his relationship with his former adviser.
“Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign,” Trump told reporters. “I feel a little badly about it. They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago?
“I don’t think it’s right,” Trump said.
The president also downplayed Manafort or others who are part of Mueller’s Russia probe should be pardoned.
“I don’t want to talk about that,” the president said. “I do want to see people treated fairly.”