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Manafort Drops Appeal of Civil Case Against Mueller

Manafort Drops Appeal of Civil Case Against Mueller

Mr Manafort, who has pleaded not guilty, faces 18 counts.

Protesters hold their banners in front of the Alexandria Federal Court in Alexandria, Virginia on day one of Paul Manafort's trial.

He said that arrangement was not Manafort's doing but was instead the preferred method of payment of the supporters of the pro-Russia Ukrainian political party who were paying his consulting fees.

The other charge alleges that after Yanukovych was deposed in 2014 and Manafort's Ukrainian earnings dwindled, he fraudulently obtained loans by lying about his income and debt to several USA banks.

The judge in the trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is telling prosecutors not to use the word "oligarch" to describe wealthy Ukrainians who paid millions to Manafort for his work as an worldwide political consultant.

US citizens are typically required to submit a Foreign Bank Account Report if the accumulated value of their foreign accounts exceeds $10,000 during a 12-month period. But Manafort, according to prosecutors, hid the existence of his offshore accounts from his own tax preparers and bookkeepers.

Manafort's attorney Thomas Zenhle contended in the defense's opening statement that his client never meant to deceive USA authorities about his income or his foreign bank accounts.

The judge has warned prosecutors not to inject Russian matters into the case, and on Wednesday morning instructed them not to use the word "oligarch" when describing some of the people connected to the case.

Asonye said Manafort set up more than 30 bank accounts in overseas countries and funneled millions of dollars into them in order to bankroll an extravagant lifestyle. One of those companies has pleaded not guilty and is fighting the allegations in federal court in Washington. Asonye described how Manafort snapped up expensive real estate in the United States, spent millions of dollars on renovating his properties and more than a half million dollars on "fancy clothes".

The funders "instructed" Manafort that they didn't want Manafort's or Gates' names on the accounts.

He said Gates took advantage of his position overseeing day-to-day operations of Manafort's consulting firm.

"It wouldn't be the first time that someone else helped give someone a defense that the prosecution thought was going to actually help them", Kevin Thorn, a Washington, D.C. -based criminal tax attorney said.

"Paul Manafort travels in circles that most people will never know and he's gotten handsomely rewarded for it", Zehnle said.

At one point, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent described the July 2017 raid on Manafort's Virginia condominium.

Turley also said he believes "jurors are not likely to identify or empathize with Paul Manafort", whose lavish spending and lifestyle is outlined in court documents.

"On top of that", he added, "the government will bring forth the coup de grace" with incriminating testimony by Gates, Manafort's former business partner.

After a jury a of six men and six women was quickly selected, opening statements were made on Tuesday. Four alternate jurors were also chosen.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers objected to almost two dozen other candidates in the juror pool for unknown reasons. A judge jailed Manafort in June over allegations of witness tampering as he awaited trial.

Jury selection is underway in the trial of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

Gates was named as a co-defendant in the initial indictment handed down against Manafort last October. A judge said Gates faces between 57 and 71 months in prison for his offenses, though his sentence depends on the extent to which he cooperates with investigators.