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Paul Manafort Trial Begins – Here's What the Embattled Ex-Trump Aide Will Face in Court

Manafort, 69, is the first American charged in the inquiry by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, to maintain his innocence, and to force the prosecutors to prove their case at trial.

Paul Manafort orchestrated a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to evade US tax and banking laws, leaving behind a trail of lies as he lived a lavish lifestyle, prosecutors said Tuesday as they laid out their case against the former Trump campaign chairman.

The trial is expected to last about three weeks.

Manafort, the lone American charged by Mueller who has opted to stand trial instead of cooperate with prosecutors, was described by his defense lawyer as a hugely successful global political consultant who left the details of his finances to others.

While Gates and others, including former national security advisor Michael Flynn, have pleaded guilty, Manafort has refused to strike a deal and has insisted on having his day in court. Gates pleaded guilty to making false statements after being indicted by Mueller.

Judge T.S. Ellis will preside in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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He also said the prosecution is ahead of schedule and may rest its case next week, according to The Washington Post. A judge said Gates faces between 57 and 71 months in prison for his offenses, though his sentence depends on the extent to which he cooperates with investigators.

With the jury out of the room, the judge complained about prosecutors' efforts to show that Manafort's life was luxurious and blocked them from showing one document on home renovations.

The comments by Mr Asonye were the first volley in Mr Manafort's bank fraud and tax evasion trial.

Prosecutors have said they don't plan to offer evidence related to the Russian Federation case, and that references to Manafort's association with the Trump campaign will be limited.

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.

Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Ellis has questioned the scope of Mueller's probe and said Manafort's indictment seemed to be aimed at getting him to provide information on Trump.

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Trump's Capone tweet has people wondering whether mentioning Manafort in the same breath as Scarface is really all that flattering. Several Republican lawmakers said Mueller should be allowed to complete his investigation.

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While the main areas of Mueller's investigation are Russia's actions during the 2016 presidential election and any attempts by Trump to obstruct justice, none of those topics are expected to come up in Manafort's trial.

It's expected to be rich with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into Manafort's pocket.

Speaking during his opening monologue on "Hannity" Tuesday night, Sean called-out the mainstream media's hysterical coverage of the Paul Manafort trial; adding these charges have "nothing to do" with President Trump or Russian Federation collusion. Mikuska said agents arrived at around 6 a.m. and knocked three times before entering the condominium with a key. 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?"

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