Manafort is first ex-Trump aide on trial in Russian Federation probe

Paul Manafort trial offers glimpse into what Robert Mueller actually has in his investigation

Another Narrative Busted: The Focus of Manafort's Upcoming Trial Will Make Liberals Very Sad

Mr Mueller was appointed by the US Justice Department previous year to take over an FBI investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was unlawful coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Mueller was appointed to investigate allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and claims of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

Complicating Manafort's attorneys' strategy, however, is the fact prosecutors have said Gates "may or may not" testify in Manafort's trial at all, CNN's Shimon Prokupecz reported Wednesday from inside the courtroom.

The government's first witness on Tuesday was Tad Devine, a political consultant who has done work for many prominent Democrats, Sen.

That's a "very common defense in white-collar cases", Cotter said. Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

"On top of that", he added, "the government will bring forth the coup de grace" with incriminating testimony by Gates, Manafort's former business partner. At one point, prosecutor Uzo Asonye said it was possible the star witness in the case, Manafort's former right-hand man Rick Gates, may not be needed to testify, although that was met with some skepticism in the courtroom.

Similar sentiments were expressed at least a dozen times in total-all directed toward the prosecution's apparent fixation with stating and re-stating dollar amounts-often after Judge Ellis had asked them to stop doing exactly that.

On Monday, prosecutors said in court filings that they meant to prove Manafort earned more than $60 million lobbying for the former pro-Russia Ukrainian government and failed to report "a significant percentage" of that.

Manafort was the only Alan Couture client to regularly pay by foreign wire transfer, according to Katzman. Prosecutors, though, are recommending 8 years to 10 years.

This on Day 2 of Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges of tax and bank fraud, not related to Robert Mueller's Russian Federation election tamper investigation, though that distinction seems lost on Trump.

Special counsel attorneys entered into evidence various invoices to show how Paul Manafort paid for luxury expenses - including home renovations - with the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent authenticating the items found in Paul Manafort's home and seized.

Prosecutors say they will introduce evidence that a chairman of one of the banks allowed Manafort to file inaccurate loan information in exchange for a role on the Republican campaign and the promise of a job in the Trump administration that never materialised.

The pool of jurors faced questions from both sides and U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III as they tried to weed out potential prejudice in what has become a highly publicized and politically divisive investigation. After chiding the prosecution for using an FBI-prepared chart instead of their own work, Judge Ellis used an explanatory tone to note why another piece of evidence wouldn't be published for all to see on the closed-circuit court screens, "Because we don't want to prosecute people because they wear nice suits, do we?" Mikuska said agents arrived at around 6 a.m. and knocked three times before entering the condominium with a key.

Trump repeatedly has sought to discredit Mueller's investigation, which is also looking into whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow and whether the president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

Russian Federation has denied interfering in the election.

This tweet also begs the question: does Trump sympathize with Al Capone? He was Manafort's top client until he was removed from power and fled to Russian Federation in 2014.

A Manafort conviction would give momentum to Mueller, who has indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people and three companies since the probe started 14 months ago.

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