Trump: Who was treated worse ... Capone or Manafort?

Trump: Who was treated worse ... Capone or Manafort?
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE suggested on Wednesday that his former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews MORE, has been treated worse than notorious gangster Al Capone. 

"Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and 'Public Enemy Number One,' or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement - although convicted of nothing? Where is the Russian Collusion?" Trump tweeted. 

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Manafort, a longtime Republican operative, is currently on trial for charges of tax and bank fraud in Alexandria, Va.

Those charges were brought as the result of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but are unrelated to his work during the 2016 presidential race.

Manafort's lawyers have said  their client had been kept in solitary confinement in a Virginia jail as he awaited the start of his trial, because of concerns about his safety. 

Manafort was sent to jail in June after a judge revoked his house arrest amid allegations of witness tampering. He faces separate federal charges in Washington, D.C.

Trump in a tweet earlier Wednesday asked why he was not informed that Manafort was under investigation.

"Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders. He worked for me for a very short time," the president wrote. "Why didn’t government tell me that he was under investigation. These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion - a Hoax!"

Trump has often labeled Mueller's Russia investigation a "hoax," and in a third tweet Wednesday also called in a "disgrace."

"Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX. The Democrats paid for the phony and discredited Dossier which was, along with Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, used to begin the Witch Hunt. Disgraceful!" he wrote.