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Paul Manafort v Robert Müller: the courtroom showdown #1
What do you know about the first test version of Paul Manafort brought against him by Special Counsel Robert Müller.
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This wasteful spending is now evidence in the high-stakes banking and tax, fraud trial against the former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort, which begins with jury selection on Tuesday in the U.S. district court for the Eastern district of Virginia.
The study is the first, the Special Council Robert Müller Russia probe. It is an important test not only for Manafort, who faces decades in prison on bank and tax fraud charges, but also for Müller, the current probe could be in the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections to lose credibility, if the jury ultimately acquit Manafort.
President Trump has repeatedly called the Miller’s probe a “witch hunt” and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has proposed that the investigation is tampered with”.”
Neither the Virginia study Manafort separate upcoming trial in Washington, DC, directly, a fact which led to a tense courtroom showdown a few months ago, refers to an alleged agreement between Trump officials and the Russian government, or alleged to be Russian disinformation campaign.
The judge in the case, T. S. Ellis III, blamed hart, members of the Mueller team in a preliminary hearing in may, said they were pursued, the case against the 69-year-old ex-trump-consultants only as a means to the opponents of the President.
“You really don’t know about Mr. Manafort,” Ellis state, said prosecutors. “They’re really interested in, which can give the information that Mr. Manafort to lead you to Mr. Trump and a charge, or whatever.”
Prosecutor Greg Andres route of the judge: “I don’t said to expect that of a government witness, you say the word” Russia.””
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But Ellis eventually allowed to go to the case, to say that the prosecution fell into Müller’s broad authority to investigate the Russian involvement in US policy.
The study, which is expected to last about three weeks, focuses on allegations that Manafort deliberately hid millions of dollars he earned from the Ukrainian government and oligarchs in the lobby in the name of the since-deposed pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Little is known about the defense strategy. But, prosecutors say, show that Manafort has not objected to a “significant proportion” of the nearly $ 60 million in income from its Ukraine to work on its tax return, and does not really show that he maintained bank accounts abroad.
Robert Müller is ever to release his conflicts of interest in relation to President Trump, including the fact that we had a relationship with a very unpleasant & contested business, I turned it down to the top of the FBI (a day before the appointment as S. C.) & Comey is his close friend..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 29. July 2018
You have also claimed that Manafort committed bank fraud and bank conspiracy, fraud in several cases. In one case, prosecutors Rhode Island-based citizens Bank said Manafort falsely told about a loan application that a property apartment, which he was as security for a $3.4 million loan used as a rental property.
In another example, the Müller-team claims, Manafort, and the former Trump aide Rick Gates lied to the Chicago-based Federal Savings Bank, through the disclosure of false profit and loss account, of nearly $16 million in the Form of loans.
Gates, Manafort’s former business partner, pleaded guilty earlier this year in the probe and cut a deal with the Prosecutor’s office. He is one of 35 witnesses that the Müller-team said, it is possible, please call during the study, in addition to ex-Manafort aide Alex Trusko and ex-chief Bernie Sanders strategist Tad Devine, who also work for Yanukovych.
Other witnesses, Müller has already indicated that they can testify to, include those with information about Manafort, the allegedly profligate spending habits: an employee in a car dealership, where Manafort wife bought a high-end Mercedes, a New York Yankees-season-ticket-seller, and a clerk in a clothing boutique business, where Manafort reportedly splurged on suits in the value of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Five of the potential witnesses were offered and granted immunity in the case, including former Manafort accountant.
WHO ARE THE 35 WITNESSES MÜLLER ARE IN THE HIGH-STAKES MANAFORT STUDY IS IN THE PLANNING.
Although the prosecutors have agreed not to argue an alleged Russian collusion or interference in the trial that awaits you, that Manfort campaign work is inextricably linked with some of his alleged crimes, according to court filings.
In one case, prosecutors alleged, to approve senior unnamed banking executive “intercession”, an allegedly defective multi-million-dollar loan application, Manafort, because the executive was in search of a role in the trump administration. The Executive assumed, a position in the White house.
“You don’t Manafort really know about the Lord.”
– U.S. district judge T. S. Ellis III, Mueller prosecutors
“[I]t would be difficult for the jury to understand why the loans were approved, without understanding that the lender approved the loan despite the deficiencies, because the leadership reflected in his own personal ambition,” prosecutors wrote in a filing.
Separate court filings have suggested, the state could argue lawyers to hide that Manafort sought to avoid some of its Russia-connected, expenditure, political damage, while Trump’s run for President, to establish it as a possibility, the motives for some of his alleged deceptions.
In addition to Manafort and-gates, two other former trump employee, had been accused of in the Mueller probe: ex-national security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and aide-de-camp of George Papadopoulos – although none of the charges are directly in connection with the failure of the presidential campaign.
Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer, pleaded guilty to lying to Federal investigators sentenced in the investigation, and was to 30 days in jail in April 2018. He was convicted of the first in the probe.
Manafort has been held in solitary confinement for alleged witness tampering by the judge in his pending DC trial, judge Amy Berman Jackson. Manafort’s lawyers have said that his confinement was unnecessary and unduly harsh, and has hindered his ability to communicate with his defense team.
Observers have questioned whether President Trump forgive Manafort, if he is convicted. Trump has said he feels “bad” about Manafort, the situation, and he considers it unjust that he was captured by Müller’s sample.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.