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. The attorneys have "memoranda, emails, and photos reflecting tasks performed" to demonstrate the source of a large part of Manafort's income, CNN reports.
In its opening statement Tuesday, the government portrayed Manafort as a man who led a lavish lifestyle and held a disregard for American financial law.
Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chair, was sent to jail pending a trial after his bail was revoked.
Manafort's consulting work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine that earned him $60 million took the spotlight in testimony in federal court in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.
Gates pleaded guilty in February and agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation on "all matters" they deem relevant. "You really don't care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud ..."
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 publicised and politically divisive investigation.
The trial is expected to last about three weeks. Manafort faces related charges in Washington, D.C., federal court, where his trial will begin in September.
Zehnle warned jurors that Gates could not be trusted and was the type of witness who would say anything he could to save himself from a lengthy prison sentence and a crippling financial penalty.
Mr Manafort is also accused of lying to banks to obtain millions more in loans after his employers, the pro-Russian party of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych lost power in 2014, and his vast income dried up.
Manafort lived an extravagant lifestyle, snapping up expensive homes and cars, and spending more than half a million dollars on "fancy clothes" and $21,000 (15,995.13 pounds) for a watch, a prosecutor said in the government's opening statement at the trial in a Virginia federal court.
This courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort, fourth from right, standing with his lawyers in front of USA district Judge T.S Ellis III, and the jury during the jury selection of his trial in Alexandria, Va., July 31, 2018.
Two officials said the White House had one strategy above all at the outset of Manafort's trial: Distance Trump from his former campaign chairman and downplay the legal proceedings underway in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to those charges, as well. Mr Manafort denies the charges, which are unrelated...
Five witnesses have been granted immunity from prosecution to testify against Manafort.
Manafort, attorney Tom Zehnle told jurors, made a mistake in "placing his trust in the wrong person" who was now willing to say anything to keep himself out of trouble.
Just before 2 p.m., prosecutors and defense attorneys finalized the twelve men and women who will serve as jurors, as well as four alternates.
He faces twelve different counts, all felonies, which include conspiracy against the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent, making false statements about being a foreign agent, false statements to the Department of Justice, tax fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and more.