"Paul Manafort came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time", the president claimed in a tweet in July.
"It is hereby ORDERED that defendant's motion opposing his transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center is DENIED", he concluded in his ruling Wednesday. Manafort might be aware of this, so no wonder he's not looking particularly cheery about his current situation.
Also on Wednesday, Mueller's office filed a motion in the Washington case notifying the court of its intent to present evidence at trial about a Justice Department inspection into Manafort's lobbying activities in the 1980's.
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday as they argued against postponing his financial crimes trial that Manafort said in monitored phone calls that he was being treated like a "VIP" at the Northern Neck Regional Jail.
Since then, Manafort's lawyers have said they can not properly prepare for trial with a client jailed two hours outside of Washington, D.C. In the last three weeks alone, he's had more than 100 phone calls with his lawyers and more than 200 with other people. Mr. Manafort's attorneys have sought to push back his trial until fall, alleging his incarceration has made it hard to communicate.
Manafort has also asked for the Virginia trial to be moved to Roanoke, saying northern Virginians were too overwhelmed with news stories about the case and too hostile toward the Trump administration to give him a fair trial.
In their court filing today, prosecutors sought to pick apart Manafort's arguments that he needs to delay the trial because of his jail conditions. He has his own bathroom and shower, a private telephone and laptop, and is not required to wear a prison uniform, the prosecutors said.
In yet another twist, despite initially arguing that being held at the rural jail hurt his case, Manafort opposed the judge's order, asking to stay at Northern Neck and citing "safety" concerns as the rationale for staying put.
A mugshot released by the sheriff's office shows an unsmiling Manafort with graying hair and light facial stubble four weeks after the former Trump campaign chairman was locked up in a Virginia facility.
Defense lawyers, in response, said the government had selected "snippets" of the conversations to support their version of events.
Paul Manafort's lawyers are concerned about where their client is being held as he awaits trial.