Prosecutors allege that Manafort hid income he earned through political consulting for Yanukovych and funneled it through offshore accounts. He also allegedly hid that income from the USA government. His defense attorneys say he isn't to blame because he left the details of his finances to others.
Manafort's defense team has argued that prosecutors are seeking to use his spending against him, and Judge T.S. Ellis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia repeatedly pushed the prosecution on Wednesday to get to the point as they offered evidence of his spending habits.
He cautioned them that the term could imply that Manafort was associating with "despicable people and therefore he's despicable". It's as if they're thinking "Why do we have to put up with this idiot judge?" he said.
Manafort, Trump complained, was being treated worse than famous mobster "Alfonse" Capone.
"Why didn't government tell me that he was under investigation", Trump tweeted Wednesday. Kilimnik, who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence, was indicted last month along with Manafort on charges of witness tampering.
Adding to the intrigue is the expected spectacle of Manafort's deputy, Rick Gates, testifying against him after cutting a plea deal with prosecutors, and the speculation that Manafort, who faces charges in two different courts and decades in prison if convicted, may be holding out for a pardon from Trump.
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"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. And it will unfold at a delicate time for the president as Mueller's team presses for an interview and as Trump escalates his attacks on an investigation he calls a "witch hunt".
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. Mueller was not present in the courtroom.
Manafort, the lone American charged by Mueller who has opted to stand trial instead of cooperate with prosecutors, was described by his defense lawyer as a hugely successful global political consultant who left the details of his finances to others.
"All of these charges boil down to one simple issue: that Paul Manafort lied", Asonye said. The witness accounts were also meant to contradict Manafort's lawyers, who have signaled they will pin blame for any illegal conduct on his longtime deputy, Rick Gates.
Gates is expected to be a star witness at the trial.
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"Rick Gates had his hands in the cookie jar and he didn't want his boss to find out", defense lawyer Thomas Zehnle told the court during his opening statement on Tuesday, accusing Gates of being "willing to say anything to save himself".
Rabin testified that Manafort paid him to make TV advertisements for political parties and candidates in the Ukraine. Gates also worked on the Trump campaign.
The prosecution in the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, expects to rest its case next week.
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. From 2010 to 2012, Manafort spent $334,325 at House of Bijan, also paying through global wire transfers, which Wall said wasn't the typical method of payment among his customers.
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