Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Dozens of Manafort’s Seized Records Introduced at Trial

Dozens of Manafort’s Seized Records Introduced at Trial

He said Mr Trump could help the public understand what is at stake in Mr Mueller's investigation, which both Mr Trump and Mr Caputo have called a "witch hunt" aimed at ending his presidency.

The government's first witness, Democratic strategist Tad Devine, testified about his collaborations with Manafort on behalf of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions. Mr Manafort denies the charges, which are unrelated...

Manafort is also charged in federal court in Washington with undisclosed foreign lobbying and money laundering.

Paul Manafort made more than $60 million consulting for a Russia-backed political party in Ukraine, according to prosecutors investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. They said he was embezzling money and later lied about it to investigators - before agreeing to flip and testify against Manafort.

Gates, 46, pleaded guilty to two lesser charges February, agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's investigation. His comments come as Manafort's trial enters its second day of proceedings.

Ellis questioned how that evidence was relevant to the 18 counts of bank and tax fraud faced by Manafort. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 305 years in prison.

Prosecutors also sought to publish photos of Manafort's suits on television screens in the courtroom.

"A man in this courtroom believed the law did not apply to him", Asonye said, telling jurors of an extravagant lifestyle that included expensive rugs, real estate and a $15,000 "jacket made from an ostrich".

"He may testify, he may not", Uzo Asonye, an attorney with the special counsel, said Wednesday of Gates, who was at one point expected to be the prosecution's star witness.

Ellis interrupted Andres to say, "The government doesn't want to prosecute somebody because they wear nice clothes, right?"

The opening statements were delivered not long after the jury was selected and sworn in on Tuesday.

Six men and six women, along with four alternate jurors, were chosen on Tuesday.

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Mr Manafort has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

The pool was also almost evenly split between men and women. Eight of the 12 jurors are white. Most were comfortably middle-aged. They suggested that some of the foreign transfers could have been authorized by Gates. Two joked that they were "recovering attorneys".

They are moving through witnesses on a case-by-case basis as they suss out which evidence to present before the jury.

"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".

A jury was seated by the afternoon. "This trial obviously centers on matters that have nothing to do with the campaign".

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Prosecutors have said they don't plan during Manafort's fraud trial to offer evidence related to the Russian Federation case, or make many references to Manafort's association with the Trump campaign.

Under cross-examination, Devine also portrayed Manafort as a skilled political operator, but also a hard worker.

Ellis said he thinks "the government's correct" in using the documents to broadly show how Manafort made his money. It is expected to last several weeks.

Tuesday's ruling from a three-judge panel on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals was unanimous.

Manafort has been in jail since June, when the judge presiding over the Washington case revoked his bail for allegedly tampering with potential witnesses. Maximillian Katzman, whose father founded the shop, said that Donald Trump's former campaign manager was one of the store's top five customers.

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