WASHINGTON -- Paul Manafort Jr., no stranger to expensive duds, has something new to wear.
President Donald Trump's former campaign manager is facing two separate criminal trials -- one in Washington and one in northern Virginia -- so he has been ordered to wear two different monitoring bracelets to ensure he shows up for proceedings in both courthouses.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the decision Thursday when Manafort was arraigned on additional charges filed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Manafort pleaded not guilty to 18 counts, including charges of bank fraud and tax evasion involving tens of millions of dollars that he allegedly used to buy bespoke suits, antique rugs, expensive homes and cars.
The former high-powered Washington lobbyist previously pleaded not guilty to five other federal charges, including failing to register as a foreign agent while representing Ukraine's pro-Kremlin government, during a separate arraignment in Washington.
That trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 17.
There was a brief disagreement during Thursday's hearing on when the Virginia trial would start.
Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, said his "rosy glasses" hope was it would not begin until November, or after the Washington trial presumably had ended.
"You need to go back to the optometrist," the judge replied, and ordered the Virginia trial to begin July 10.
Manafort is facing two federal trials because he declined an offer from prosecutors to consolidate the charges in one court.
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