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Manafort in Solitary Confinement to Protect Against Violent ‘Street Cred’ Attack, Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Says

Paul Manafort has been put in “solitary confinement” according to John Dowd, his friend and President Donald Trump‘s former lawyer.

Trump’s jowly ex-attorney on the Russia investigation told Fox News that after Manafort’s $10 million bail was revoked, he was put “in solitary confinement for his own safety from the general prison population.”

“The warden is concerned that someone would violently attack Paul just for street cred,” Dowd added. He also said Manafort’s imprisonment was an “outrageous violation” of his civil liberties.

“They make all prisoners return to their cells whenever Paul needs to leave his cell,” Dowd added.

Manafort — who served as Trump’s campaign manager in 2016 — was jailed ahead of his trial in September on charges he tried to tamper with two witnesses. He is accused by special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe of failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, tax evasion, and conspiracy, and has plead not guilty.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Manafort was being held in the VIP cell at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Virginia — the same one where former NFL player Michael Vick was held after he was busted for running a dog fighting ring.

The superintendent of the jail, however, reassured reporters that he was not getting any “special privileges.”

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