Trump following Manafort updates as trial kicks off

Paul Manafort has been charged with money laundering and bank fraud among other violations.					Alexandria Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort departs U.S. District Court after a motions hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S., May 4, 2018.

On Tuesday, Mr. Manafort's attorneys accused Mr. Gates of being the mastermind behind the crimes lodged against their client.

USA intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow directed the hacking of political groups and disinformation on social media to undermine Trump's presidential election opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"This case is about taxes and trust", Manafort's attorney Thomas Zehnle told jurors in his opening statement. That was an apparent reference to one of the expensive purchases Mr. Manafort allegedly made which prosecutors said they planned to describe at trial.

"Money's coming in fast".

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The defense will present evidence to show that Manafort reported $30 million in adjusted gross income between 2005 and 2015 and that his company reported an income of more than $92 million during the period, Zehnle said. "That's what Rick Gates was being paid to do". They said he was embezzling money and later lied about it to investigators - before agreeing to flip and testify against Manafort.

Ellis has scolded members of Mueller's team before, asserting back in May that the team was really interested in targeting President Trump.

Mr Manafort, who has spent the last month in jail after his bail was revoked, entered Alexandria's district court in a smart black suit and flashed a quick smile to the waiting reporters as he arrived.

In particular, prosecutors say they will introduce evidence that a chairman of one of the banks allowed Manafort to file inaccurate loan information in exchange for a role on the Republican campaign and the promise of a job in the Trump administration that never materialized.

The government intends to show that Manafort funneled more than $60 million in proceeds from his Ukrainian political consulting through offshore accounts and hid a "significant" portion of it from the IRS.

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.

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But Zehnle disputed prosecutors' account that Manafort was trying to hide his earnings by storing money in bank accounts in Cyprus. Prosecutors questioned veteran political consultant Daniel Rabin about the work he did for Manafort. He's on trial for bank fraud and tax evasion charges. "We do not dispute that". Opening statements were expected later in the afternoon.

"It was a really incredible operation", Devine said of Manafort's work for Yanukovych, who became Ukraine's president in 2010, was removed from power four years later and lives in exile in Russian Federation.

"Bob Mueller is totally conflicted", Trump continued.

Wednesday marks the second day of the trial here, which is expected to run for about three weeks.

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. It involves allegations that he acted as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests and made false statements to the US government.

Gates pleaded guilty in February and agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation on "all matters" they deem relevant. So far, 32 people and three companies have been charged by Mr Mueller.

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