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Paul Manafort is reportedly in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day

President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is being kept in solitary confinement at Virginia's Northern Neck Regional Jail, his lawyer said in court documents filed this week. "He is locked in his cell for at least 23 hours per day (excluding visits from his attorneys)," wrote his defense attorney, Kevin Downing, noting that the decision is in order to "guarantee [Manafort's] safety."

Manafort lived under house arrest after he was accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of crimes including conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy against the United States. He was jailed in June 2018 over witness tampering. Trump has tried to distance himself from Manafort, who worked on his campaign for five months in 2016, telling the press: "Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign."