Ex- Trump campaign chief Manafort goes on trial for bank fraud

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He pleaded guilty in February to conspiring against the United States and lying to investigators. Having his former campaign chairman, who helped run Trump's campaign at a critical point of the election, in the news so consistently shines a negative light on him.

Prosecutors are expected to say that his life of luxury did not match what he had declared on his tax returns. At one point, his defence lawyers sued Mueller and the Justice Department, saying they had overstepped their bounds by bringing a prosecution untethered to the core questions of Mueller's investigation - whether Russian Federation worked with the Trump campaign to tip the election. Witnesses have been told to avoid any mention of President Trump or anything related to his 2016 campaign. He was originally hired to secure votes from delegates at the Republican National Convention but was promoted to campaign chairman after Mr. Trump fired Corey Lewandowski in June.

It was argued that Mueller was out of bounds in prosecuting Manafort as part of the Russia Investigation.

On the other hand, if he is convicted, it will "demonstrate to the public that President Trump's claims that the whole investigation is a witch hunt is not an accurate accusation", Dressler said.

The trial in Alexandria, Virginia, will give the public its most detailed glimpse of evidence Mueller's team has spent the year accumulating.

Mueller has submitted more than 500 pieces of evidence, including tax filings and mortgage statements, and pictures of Manafort's expensive watches and homes.

"As a close business associate of Manafort, Gates can serve as a sort of narrator to help the jury understand the significance of these documents", Barbara McQuade, a former USA attorney said in an email to TPM, pointing to the number of email exchanges including Gates that are referenced in Mueller's exhibit list. He has since been co-operating with the investigation into Mr Manafort.

While the trial may touch on Manafort's communications during the campaign with his partners in the former Soviet bloc, the trial is not expected to focus on campaign ties to Russian Federation.

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As a result of their work with Ukraine, Manafort and Gates made tens of millions of dollars between 2006 and 2015. Union targets AT&T over job losses MORE earned more than $60 million working for Russian-backed Ukraine politicians, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE said in a new court filing Monday.

Mueller said the challenged exhibits, which include a memoranda, emails and photos reflecting tasks performed, are relevant to establish the extent of Manafort's work.

Lawyers for the special counsel have, however, said that "the government does not intend to present at trial evidence or argument concerning collusion with the Russian government".

He's the only American charged in the Mueller probe to opt for a trial.

President Donald Trump listens during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East Room of the White House, July 30, 2018.

In her ruling, federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort to pursue his grievances against Mueller during his criminal proceedings.

"You don't really care about Mr Manafort's bank fraud", Judge TS Ellis said. "They are more anxious about protecting the trial from having a mistrial or having it overturned on appeal than provoking a hold-out person over Trump", Wu theorized. Federal prosecutors accused him of witness tampering after the witnesses revealed text messages to the FBI.

Dennis Raico and James Brennan worked at Federal Savings Bank, a Chicago lender that extended Manafort $16 million in loans against his NY real estate holdings.