Paul Manafort’s first trial begins this week: Here’s what to expect

Manafort trial to shed light on Mueller probe evidence

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U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, who's hearing the case, has previously questioned how Manafort's fraud charges relate to Mueller's investigation into purported Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Manafort is expected to appear Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., where federal prosecutors will begin presenting their case against him in the first trial to arise from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The indictment says he and associate Rick Gates moved money from Ukraine through foreign bank accounts to hide it from the Internal Revenue Service.

With Trump frequently calling the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt", the outcome of Manafort's trial one way or another could determine the probe's credibility.

The Trump administration has insisted that the charges against Manafort have nothing to do with the campaign.

In a filing Monday, prosecutors responded that those details are necessary to prove how much money Manafort made and did not pay taxes on; that he knew he was paid through unreported foreign bank accounts; and that in 2014, he began committing bank fraud to make up for lost income from Ukraine.

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Asonye also described Manafort's foreign cash flow as a "cash spigot" and said "he created cash out of thin air".

Muller has spent the last 14 months building the case against Manafort with a mountain of evidence seized from Manafort's and Gates's homes, computers and electronic devices, as well as documents obtained from financial institutions.

Manafort was in charge of Trump's campaign when the NY real estate developer accepted the party's presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in 2016.

Mueller has indicted a total of 32 people so far in connection with his probe into whether any members of Trump's election campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help get the NY real estate tycoon into the White House. Asonye added that Manafort signed papers and wrote emails - making it clear that he was the one who controlled the 30 accounts - and used some of the money for "purely personal" expenses, including the ostrich coat.

"There was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!"

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McCarthy said Tuesday that the charges likely were sought in order to obtain information about the Trump campaign.

At jury selection earlier Tuesday, the pool faced questions from both sides and the judge as they tried to weed out potential prejudice in what has become a highly publicized and politically divisive investigation.

Manafort will then go on trial again in September in Washington, D.C. He faces another seven charges there, including conspiracy against the United States. 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 USA government. Three other aides, including Manafort's longtime business partner Gates, have already pleaded guilty and are cooperating with Mueller's probe. So far, 32 people and three companies have been charged by Mr Mueller.

"Perhaps he believes that he's done nothing wrong, and because he's done nothing wrong, he's unwilling to plead guilty to any crime whatsoever - even if it's a lesser crime", said Jimmy Gurule, a Notre Dame law professor and former federal prosecutor.

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