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Trump following Manafort updates as trial kicks off

Trump following Manafort updates as trial kicks off

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 placed himself and his money over the law".

It's the first trial to result from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Further, he cautioned that using it could suggest Manafort is associated with bad people - and guilty by association.

"That's not the American way", the judge added.

Before joining Mr Trump's team in summer 2016, Paul Manafort had worked on a number of Republican presidential campaigns, including those of Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s and Ronald Reagan from 1978 to 1980.

But once Mueller's Russian Federation investigation ends, Giuliani told Reuters: "He has a right to consider it. These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion - a Hoax!"

The charges all came about through the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller. It opened with extraordinary anticipation amid unresolved questions about whether Trump associates coordinated with the Kremlin to tip the election in the president's favor.

The president, a couple of hours after attempting to obstruct justice by ordering via Twitter that Attorney General Jeff Sessions shut down the Mueller probe, tweeted out his total horror over the fact that Manafort is in prison. Mueller was not present in the courtroom.

Prosecutors faced an increasingly exasperated court during day two of Paul Manafort's trial in the Eastern District of Virginia.

The charges focus on millions of dollars Manafort is accused of hiding while working for the Ukrainian government, as well as how he allegedly tried to keep money coming in after that job ended.

Manafort's defense team, meanwhile, pointed blame at his longtime deputy Rick Gates, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators after being charged alongside Manafort.

"This case is about trust because it's about Mr. Manafort placing his trust in the wrong person", Zehnle said of.

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On Wednesday, prosecutors are planning to call Daniel Rabin, another political consultant who worked with Manafort in Ukraine, along with an unidentified Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

"Money's coming in fast".

In their opening arguments, defense attorneys said Manafort did not have time to handle his financial documents and instead entrusted Gates with keeping those records, according to CNN. "That's what Rick Gates was being paid to do".

This courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort, fourth from right, standing with his lawyers in front of USA district Judge T.S Ellis III, center rear, and the selected jury, seated left, during the jury selection of his trial at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

This trove includes what appears to be the $15,000 jacket made of Ostrich that was referenced by the prosecution in opening statements Tuesday. Devine testified that Manafort ran a tightly disciplined, professional campaign that contributed to his candidate's victory.

The trial for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who was indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, begins this week in Virginia.

Former federal prosecutor Patrick Cotter, now a federal defense attorney, said in an interview with Mic that Manafort's defense has little chance of success and that the government's vast paper trail detailing Manafort's alleged financial crimes will be hard to overcome. Mr Manafort denies the charges, which are unrelated...

Manafort, who is in custody, sat quietly with his defense lawyers.

Richard Gates, former associate of Paul Manafort, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after a hearing on February 23, 2018. "We do not dispute that".

His trial is expected to be lengthy. That trial, set in the District of Columbia, involves allegations that the longtime political consultant acted as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests and made false statements to the US government.

Three other former Trump aides, including Gates, have already pleaded guilty and are cooperating with Mueller's probe.