Prosecutors Paint a Picture of Paul Manafort's Lavish Lifestyle

Aug 02, 2018, 04:04
Prosecutors Paint a Picture of Paul Manafort's Lavish Lifestyle

But it was clear from the outset that the case would not address that question: Prosecutors did not once reference Manafort's work for the Trump campaign nor mention Mueller's broader and ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.

It may not be about Russian Federation, but it will be held in the shadow of the collusion controversy that's long loomed over the White House.

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

"The charges against defendant are meant to induce defendant to cooperate with the special counsel by providing evidence against the president or other members of the campaign", Ellis wrote in June, rejecting Manafort's challenge to Mueller's legitimacy.

An FBI agent who participated in the raid a year ago on Paul Manafort's Virginia condo testified on the second day of the trial for the former Trump campaign chairman.

"His trust in Rick Gates was misplaced", Zehnle said, alleging that Gates had embezzled millions of dollars from Manafort.

"I don't recognize these names", Ellis said, referring to the luxury labels on Manafort's clothes, according to the National Law Journal.

Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller's team will tell a jury in Alexandria, Virginia, that Manafort illegally laundered more than $30 million in money earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian officials in Ukraine, and hid that money from the IRS.

It's expected to be rich with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into Manafort's pocket.

Paul Manafort orchestrated a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to evade US tax and banking laws, leaving behind a trail of lies as he lived a lavish lifestyle, prosecutors said as they laid out their case against the former Trump campaign chairman Tuesday.

The allegations came during opening statements Tuesday in the Paul Manafort trial.

Yanukovych's ouster in 2014 is relevant, the special counsel says, "because it explains Manafort's work for a different political party (the Opposition Bloc) and why his income later drops dramatically, which is relevant to the bank frauds that he later committed". But Manafort's lawyers appear intent on turning the tables on Gates and make him the main culprit in the affair.

Before the start of jury selection Tuesday (Wednesday, NZT), prosecutors filed an expanded list of its evidence exhibits, including several email chains between Manafort and Stephen Calk, the Chicago bank chairman. He is expected to be the government's star witness.

The charges largely pre-date the five months he worked for Trump during a pivotal period in the 2016 race for the White House, some of them as campaign chairman.

Given the strength of the evidence, however, some legal experts have suggested Manafort may be banking on an eventual pardon from Trump, who has called his former campaign chairman a "nice guy" who has been treated unfairly. Gates, who cut a plea deal with Mueller earlier this year, is expected to testify against his former mentor.

But assistant U.S. attorney Uzo Asonye said of Gates: "He may testify, he may not".

Devine was also asked about Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukranian political consultant who he described as a translator for Manafort.

But Zehnle said there was no evidence that Manafort ever meant to deceive the IRS.

"The documents establish the breadth of the work that Manafort performed, including commissioning television ads, writing speeches and carrying on campaign-related activities", read the filing, Bloomberg states.

Manafort's bail was revoked in June while he was on house arrest, after prosecutors accused him of tampering with witnesses.

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