Paul Manafort fraud trial: Manafort accused of amassing "secret income"

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

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

The prosecution is laying out the evidence gathered by special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

It took until the second day of Paul Manafort's trial for the Judge T.S. Ellis III to dish out a rebuke, and it happened after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors talked up the priciness of Manafort's suit collection. Zehnle said Manafort, earning millions as a political consultant helping officials in other parts of the world, relied on Gates and others - including a professional accounting firm - to keep watch over the money.

Instead, federal prosecutors will try to prove Manafort laundered more than $30 million in Ukrainian political consulting fees and concealed the money from the IRS.

"A man in this courtroom believed the law did not apply to him".

The trial of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on tax evasion and bank fraud charges got underway at a courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia on Tuesday.

Maximillian Katzman entered the Alexandria courtroom in a well-tailored navy suit, with a navy striped tie and a white pocket square.

"Paul Manafort traveled in circles that most people will never know and he's gotten handsomely rewarded for it", Zehnle said.

Prosecutor Uzo Asonye told the jury that Manafort considered himself above the law as he funneled tens of millions of dollars through offshore accounts. He said Manafort was the only business client of his who paid via worldwide wire transfer.

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

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Prosecutors are expected to argue that Mr Manafort's lavish spending on suits, homes and luxury items did not match the income declared on his tax returns and that he misled lenders when he borrowed tens of millions of dollars against NY real estate.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts. Jury selection begins Tuesday. Providing the jury with plausible alternatives for why Manafort's money was illegally hidden - such as Gates going behind Manafort's back to embezzle money from him - could plant more seeds of doubt.

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Mueller was appointed by the U.S. Justice Department's No. 2 official a year ago to take over an FBI investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was unlawful coordination between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Trump is trying to distance himself from Manafort, who led Trump's efforts to secure the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

The trial marks the first court test for special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation and related matters, and whose team is prosecuting Manafort.

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. He was in the hot seat when Mr Trump eventually won the Republican nomination, and organised the Republican convention in July 2016.

"When a prosecutor looks into those dealings and uncovers evidence of criminal culpability", said Stanford law professor David Alan Sklansky, "it doesn't make sense to ask him to avert his eyes".

Rick Gates, business associate of Paul Manafort, departs Federal District Court, Feb. 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

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