Manafort pleads not guilty, faces protester with Russian flag

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty to a new indictment on Thursday and will have to wear a second ankle-monitoring bracelet until his trial, which could begin as early as July.

As he left court, a protester threw a Russian flag at him and shouted: “Traitor! Show us your bracelet.”

Manafort, who was caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was arraigned in Virginia, where he was indicted on bank fraud and other charges in February — four months after he was indicted in Washington on conspiracy and money-laundering charges.

He could have waived venue and had all the charges consolidated in one courthouse, but declined. Because the federal courthouses in Alexandria and Washington have different electronic-monitoring systems, he has to wear two bracelets.

For now, the Virginia trial will start before the Washington trial, which is scheduled to begin in September.

Manafort was originally indicted in both cases with his business partner, Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide. But Gates has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller, who is probing Russian interference in the election and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

Image: Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Returns To Court For Arraignment

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for his arraignment as a protester holds up a sign.