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Alexandria, Va. – A federal judge has ordered President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman to be moved to a jail closer to his lawyers.

U.S District Judge T.S. Ellis III on Tuesday said Paul Manafort would be relocated to a jail in Alexandria, Virginia, where he is scheduled to stand trial later this month.

He has been held since last month at the Northern Neck Regional Jail after a judge revoked his house arrest following witness tampering allegations from prosecutors.

Also Tuesday, Ellis gave special counsel Robert Mueller’s team until Friday evening to respond to Manafort’s request to move his trial from Alexandria to Roanoke.

Manafort’s lawyers cited extensive pretrial publicity in asking last week for the trial to be moved out of the Washington, D.C., region.

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