What are the charges against Paul Manafort?

What are the charges against Paul Manafort?

What are the charges against Paul Manafort?

The trial of U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has almost completed its second day in a federal court in the state of Virginia as Trump called on his attorney general to shut down the related probe of Russian election meddling.

The president likely won't get an answer to that last question anytime soon since prosecutors have agreed not to discuss Russian Federation and its possible ties to the Trump campaign during the Manafort trial.

Government attorneys with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team seemed to be using a time-worn legal tactic, highlighting extravagant purchases well beyond the means of a typical juror while arguing that Manafort financed his lifestyle in part by cheating the government out of taxes he owed.

But the broader implications are unmistakable.

Prosecutors said they could conclude making their case as early as next week, meaning the trial could be shorter than the three weeks prosecutors had projected. It will feature testimony about the business dealings and foreign ties of a defendant Trump entrusted to run his campaign during a critical stretch in 2016, including during the Republican convention.

The prosecutors' courtroom strategy underscored the dry and methodical way in which Mueller's investigation has moved ahead, in stark contrast to the angry spasms it has elicited from President Donald Trump. Ellis asked the prosecution whether they planned to have Gates testify. The prosecution noted Monday that Gates, who has pleaded guilty in the case and was expected to testify for the prosecutors, "may not" testify in this case after all, leading multiple journalists to bolt from the courtroom to relay the news. "Obviously, that's very risky for him". Duggan is an insurance agent with Moody Insurance Worldwide who worked on insurance related to a Brooklyn, New York, townhouse against which Manafort borrowed money from Federal Savings Bank.

Mueller, appointed in May 2017 to his current post, has been running a wide-ranging inquiry that has charged 32 people, including 26 Russians, and others in Trump's campaign orbit.

Prosecutors said their testimony provided evidence on Manafort's income and his use of foreign bank accounts and shell companies, which they allege he used to dodge taxes and hide millions in income from his Ukrainian political clients.

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Giuliani said he and Jay Sekulow, another Trump lawyer, had told the president: "This would be a very bad thing to do now". However, prosecutors say - the focus will be on Manfort's links with Ukraine, not on collusion with Russian Federation .

Jurors are expected to see photographs of his Mercedes-Benz and of his Hampton property putting green and swimming pool. He once spent more than $400,000 in a single year on high-end clothing.

For what it's worth, Manafort appears to have done far more than Capone to disrupt the global world order, including helping to prop up ghoulish Russia-backed puppets in Ukraine.

The accounting of suit costs aggravated U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III, who has admonished prosecutors not to belabor the details of Manafort's lavish lifestyle but to stick strictly instead to the evidence that supports the charges.

"The brown is python, for Mrs. Manafort", the elder Katzman said of a picture of the brown leather jacket that the feds entered into evidence Wednesday.

Prosecutor Greg Andres reassured the judge that "there will be no pictures of scantily clad women, period", nor photographs of Russian flags.

As the afternoon wore on, an exasperated Ellis reminded prosecutors, who also called to the stand an employee of a Mercedes dealership where Manafort bought a auto, that they were not there to prove he spent wildly.

During his opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye told the jury that Manafort considered himself above the law as he funneled tens of millions of dollars through offshore accounts. A judge jailed Manafort in June over allegations of witness tampering as he awaited trial.

Gates, a longtime Manafort deputy who also worked in a senior role in the Trump campaign, had initially been charged alongside Manafort, but in February announced he would plead guilty to charges of conspiracy against the US and lying to federal authorities. The administration job never materialized. At one point, his defense lawyers sued Mueller and the Justice Department, saying they'd overstepped their bounds by bringing a prosecution untethered to the core questions of Mueller's investigation - whether Russian Federation worked with the Trump campaign to tip the election.

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