Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who has been housed at a jail in Alexandria, Va., since July, attended a court hearing on Friday in a wheelchair.
Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing said "there are significant issues with Mr. Manafort's health right now that have to do with his confinement," and is angling for Manafort to be sentenced in the near future so he can move from the jail, the Washington Post reported.
Paul Manafort appears in court in a wheelchair. Attorney Kevin Downing says "there are significant issues with Mr. Manafort's health right now that have to do with his confinement." Wants him sentenced as soon as possible so he can be moved.— Rachel Weiner (@rachelweinerwp) October 19, 2018
Manafort, who was convicted by a Virginia jury on eight tax and bank fraud charges in August, pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy and obstruction charges as part of a plea agreement. He also said he would “cooperate fully and truthfully” with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which is examining Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
Mueller’s team dismissed several other charges such as money laundering and failure to register as a foreign agent that had been leveled against Manafort. Mueller determined that after “successful cooperation,” 10 bank and tax fraud charges that the jury could not reach a verdict on would be dropped against him.
NBC news reported that Manafort was wearing a green jumpsuit, after he asked U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III that he be allowed to wear a suit.
Ellis rejected the request Wednesday and said that "this defendant should be treated no differently from other defendants who are in custody post-conviction.”