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"It seems to me we're seeing deeper ties that Manafort has had financially with his business deals in the Ukraine and with Russian Federation", said Shanlon Wu, a former lawyer for Manafort associate Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty in February and is aiding Mueller's probe.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors were lectured by a federal judge Wednesday morning for the language they've used in the courtroom, as the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort entered its second day.

Gates, 46, pleaded guilty to two lesser charges February, agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's investigation.

The former political consultant, who ran the Trump campaign for three months, has pleaded not guilty.

Lawyers for Manafort countered by painting Manafort as a victim of his employees, including former colleague Rick Gates, who is cooperating with Mueller's probe. He has emerged as the prosecutors' star witness against Manafort.

Manafort is charged with bank fraud, conspiracy, preparing false tax returns and failing to disclose foreign income.

It's the first trial to stem from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation. "What you really care about is what information Mr Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment". He also told them not to read, watch or listen to any news reports about the trial.

While Trump has repeatedly railed against Manafort and the "witch hunt" on Twitter in recent weeks, he has not tweeted about Manafort specifically in more than a month. He said June 15 that Manafort received a "tough sentence" after his bond was revoked over allegations of witness tampering.

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Paul Manafort, who is being held in solitary confinement, has otherwise bragged about his jail stay and his "VIP treatment".

Manafort's defense countered that the true culprit in the case is not Manafort, but Gates.

Six men and six women, along with four alternate jurors, were chosen on Tuesday.

Under government questioning, Devine described Manafort as a man very much the hands-on boss in their Ukraine work, testifying that "Paul was in charge" of business operations.

"I don't anticipate that a government witness will utter the word 'Russia,"' Andres said.

The opening day focused heavily on the defendant's lavish lifestyle, as prosecutors said he lied to put his money ahead of the law.

Given the strength of the evidence, however, some legal experts have suggested Mr Manafort may be banking on an eventual pardon from Mr Trump, who has called his former campaign chairman a "nice guy" who has been treated unfairly. "The Special Counsel consents to a one week extension of the deadline to submit a Joint Pretrial Order but objects to the longer extension Mr. Manafort seeks in this motion", they continued. 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 U.S. government.

Manafort is also charged in federal court in Washington with undisclosed foreign lobbying and money laundering.


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