Dozens expected to testify against Paul Manafort

Dozens expected to testify against Paul Manafort

His trial is expected to be lengthy. Asonye said Manafort lied also to his own bookkeepers to avoid paying taxes, and he lied to banks in an effort to qualify for loans he wouldn't otherwise have been approved for.

Manafort, a veteran Republican political consultant, served as chairman of Trump's presidential election campaign for three months in 2016 before being forced to step down amid questions about his lobbying work in Ukraine.

"It was a really incredible operation", Devine said of Manafort's work for Yanukovych, who became Ukraine's president in 2010, was removed from power four years later and lives in exile in Russian Federation.

Manafort faces 18 counts.

Yet the trial also contains pitfalls for Trump.

President Trump tweeted about Manafort Wednesday morning as the trial was beginning its second day.

The special counsel has enlisted as many as 35 witnesses to testify against Manafort. Five witnesses were granted immunity.

"This is the way that they required it to be done", Zehnle said, arguing why oligarchs paid Manafort through secret foreign accounts.

One younger woman said she knew Justice Department attorneys from her work at a Silicon Valley-based tech company. Why didn't government tell me that he was under investigation.

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The outcome of the trial, which is expected to last three weeks, could affect the momentum of Mr. Mueller's 14-month-long investigation into interference in the 2016 election, even though the charges cite activities that predate the Trump campaign and don't relate to any potential allegations of collusion with Russian Federation by Trump associates.

Russian Federation has denied interfering in the election and Trump denies any involvement by his campaign.

Paul Manafort, shown here arriving for a court hearing in D.C. last month, is on trial in federal court in Alexandria.

"It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the parties that the (case) be voluntarily dismissed", the new filing said. Some documents are necessary to show Manafort's connections with those consultants, prosecutors say. The president criticized Mueller by name over the weekend and continues to refer to the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference as a "witch hunt" and "an illegal scam".

Setting a fast pace for a complicated trial, Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, repeatedly urged lawyers for both sides to speed up their decision-making so the jury could be seated. "He could expose himself to further criminal culpability if he has to expose the full extent of those ties".

Zehnle warned jurors that Gates could not be trusted and was the type of witness who would say anything he could to save himself from a lengthy prison sentence and a crippling financial penalty.

The unsuccessful civil lawsuit sought, among other things, to prevent Mueller from bringing additional charges in the future, including potential charges relating to Manafort's work on the Trump campaign.

Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser on the campaign, all have pleaded guilty.

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