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

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

That's some of what came up during the first day of Manafort's trial in Virginia on bank fraud and tax evasion charges.

Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, has indicated that Mr Trump could pardon Mr Manafort should he be found guilty.

Mr. Gates, who oversaw some of the financial dealings of Mr. Manafort's consulting business, was expected to be a key witness for the government.

"Unfortunately for Paul Manafort, his trust in Rick Gates was misplaced", Manafort attorney Thomas Zehnle told the jury.

Special counsel Robert Mueller said he will need about three weeks to try the case, which accuses Manafort of lying to banks to get more than $20 million in loans. "Not tax, not banking law".

Manafort, 69, was seated in the courtroom wearing a dark suit, white shirt and tie.

Manafort's attorneys described their client as a talented consultant who made it to the pinnacle of USA politics and on the global stage.

Legal experts said Manafort may be hoping to be found not guilty - or holding out hopes of a presidential pardon.

Prosecutors plan to present evidence that a chairman of one of the banks allowed Manafort to file inaccurate loan information in exchange for a job on the campaign and the promise of a job in the Trump administration. Asonye described how Manafort snapped up expensive real estate in the United States, spent millions of dollars on renovating his properties and more than a half million dollars on "fancy clothes".

Mueller says Manafort et al., should be able to juggle all of this just fine and finish their homework in a week.

Gates, 46, pleaded guilty to two lesser charges February, agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's investigation.

The trial of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, started Tuesday - the first to play out since Robert Mueller began his special counsel investigation. Nor did an attempt to move Manafort closer to his attorneys work out well.

The other charge alleges that after Yanukovych was deposed in 2014 and Manafort's Ukrainian earnings dwindled, he fraudulently obtained loans by lying about his income and debt to several USA banks.

"It isn't a crime to have a lot of money and be profligate in your spending", US District Judge T.S. Ellis III said.

Manafort actively conferred with his lawyers during the jury selection process, writing and passing notes. Another man brought a John Grisham novel into the courtroom. Trump has tried to distance himself from Manafort, saying the former chairman "worked with me, what, for 49 days or something?"

Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department's No. 2 official previous year to take over the FBI's Russian investigation after Sessions recused himself from the probe because of his own meetings with Russia's ambassador to Washington while serving as a campaign adviser to Trump.

"Mueller only has to secure one conviction on one count to put Manafort away for as much as a decade", he said. An acquittal would support efforts by Trump and his allies to portray the investigation as politically motivated to threaten his presidency. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

The opening day focused heavily on the defendant's lavish lifestyle, as prosecutors said he lied to put his money ahead of the law.