Prosecutor Uzo Asonye told the jury that Manafort considered himself above the law as he funneled tens of millions of dollars through offshore accounts.
In describing the 18 counts facing Manafort, Asonye said that Manafort did not pay taxes on a large portion of the $60 million he earned working for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, hid the income in a web of 30 overseas bank accounts, and lied to USA banks to borrow millions of dollars against his real estate holdings once the money from Ukraine dried up.
Manafort, the former chairman of the Donald Trump presidential campaign, was jailed in mid-June on suspicions of witness tampering.
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As campaign manager, Manafort was responsible for all aspects of Trump's White House bid, including shoring up delegate support.
On the eve of Tuesday's case, Mr Manafort abandoned his attempt to challenge Mr Mueller in civil court. "His trust in Rick Gates was misplaced", Zehnle said, alleging that Gates had embezzled millions of dollars from Manafort.
Joshua Dressler, a law professor at Ohio State University, said the evidence against Mr Manafort (69) appears strong, but that he drew a favourable judge in the 78-year old TS Ellis, who is known to be tough on prosecutors, and said the politically charged climate increases the chances of a hung jury. Gates also worked as an aide on Trump's campaign.
The trial, starting with selection of a 12-member jury, coincides with growing speculation that Mr Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen may co-operate with federal investigators against the president.
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".
Manafort felt tax and banking laws did not apply to him, a prosecutor said in the government's opening statement, telling the Virginia federal court jury he opened more than 30 bank accounts in three foreign countries to "receive and hide" income. Prosecutors said Tuesday that Manafort hid 30 foreign bank accounts from USA authorities. 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.
"Paul Manafort shouldn't be here", he added. "We do not dispute that". Opening statements were expected later in the afternoon. He has also put distance between himself and Mr Manafort's charges, saying in a tweet: "This is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign".
The sharp words marked a dramatic opening to the trial, in keeping with the notoriously fast-moving Eastern District Court of Virginia, which lawyers often refer to as home to the "rocket docket".
In releasing the jurors on Tuesday, Judge Ellis warned them against watching the news or talking to family about the case, even though there was sure to be "intense curiosity" about it. Manafort has filed a motion to have details of that work excluded from trial. That trial, set in the District of Columbia, involves allegations that the longtime political consultant acted as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests and made false statements to the USA government.
They point to former associate Rick Gates, who has pleaded guilty to similar charges and is now cooperating in the Mueller investigation. Three Russian companies have also been charged. In addition to his Virginia case, Manafort faces lobbying-related charges in Washington.
I don't think he ever imagined this would happen. "There is no doubt he wants to win a fifth Tour and I believe it's possible". Riders were booed and spat at by spectators, while Froome, who came third overall, was pushed by a spectator on Alpe d'Huez.
A new report suggests that North Korea has continued to build new missiles, despite ongoing talks with the Trump administration. Government officials believe North Korea is continuing to manufacture missiles in a facility near its capital of Pyongyang.
Samsung globally is also facing competition on its less expensive phones from Chinese smartphone makers such as Huawei and Xiaomi. Now Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S9 is not meeting expectations with their financial results revealing "slow" sales.
Models like the Range Rover Velar , Range Rover Sport , Land Rover Discovery and Jaguar E-Pace contributed to the strong sales. JLR contributes almost 90 percent to Tata Motors' revenue and the parent group reported its worst loss in almost nine years.
Romania's Simona Halep maintained the No.1 spot in the women's section ahead of Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki. Obviously I played Ryan here in the final a year ago ", Isner said. "That's how our sport goes sometimes".
A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order to block the online publication of 3D-printed gun blueprints. He says 3D-printed guns present a real and present danger because they're both unregulated and untraceable.
Morse was flying from Buffalo to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with his husband, three children and the children's grandmother. How is this investigation going?" PFLAG National, a Washington-based LGBTQ group, tweeted Monday.
Google has updated its Clock application on the Play Store, which is honestly a pretty boring app that gets pretty boring updates. Plus, after switching off your alarm, you'll have the option to continue listening to Spotify throughout your day.
I like how KL Rahul looks as well, but India's top-order looks a bit weak to me because Pujara hasn't got any big runs recently. He returned from his first England series in 2014 with just 134 runs from five Tests, unable to counter swing bowlers.
NRC: FIR filed against Mamata Banerjee
Banerjee responded sharply to a question on the BJP's assertion that it would carry out the NRC exercise in West Bengal too. Congress's Assam chief Ripun Bora also slammed the chief minister for trying to "provoke" a civil war.
NKorea provided just 1 dog tag with 55 sets of war remains
But there is a broad consensus among USA intelligence agencies that Kangson is one of at least two secret enrichment plants. The Pentagon said it's "absolutely" considering sending USA personnel to North Korea to search for more missing Americans.
Mosquitoes in Westchester test positive for West Nile
Wear shoes, socks, long trousers , and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, or when mosquitoes are most active. The West Nile virus is making its presence felt in the London area for the first time this season.
Rashid hits back at Vaughan
But Moxon sought to build bridges when asked if Rashid had played his last game for Yorkshire . I didn't say anything about retirement, which some pundits have said . "That is not my fault".
Samsung Q2 net profit dips to $9.9 billion
NAND prices might be down, but demand from the cloud computing and cryptocurrency industries kept DRAM prices up. After the monumental success of Samsung's Galaxy S8 it seems the S9 is struggling to gain the same excitement.
Facebook takes down suspected Russian network of pages
Facebook said over 290,000 users followed at least one of the pages, the earliest of which was created in March 2017. According to Facebook, the pages ran roughly 150 ads on the social media sites at the cost of approximately $11,000.
Priyanka Chopra Joins Chris Pratt in Cowboy Ninja Viking
Many thought that Priyanka walked out of the project following her engagement to her American singer boyfriend Nick Jonas . Kangana said Priyanka "seemed excited and happy" but she neither confirmed nor denied if the rumours are actually true.