Witnesses Testify Manafort Spent Thousands On Luxury Clothing

Another Narrative Busted: The Focus of Manafort's Upcoming Trial Will Make Liberals Very Sad

Paul Manafort orchestrated a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to evade USA tax and banking laws, leaving behind a trail of lies as he lived a lavish lifestyle, prosecutors said Tuesday as they laid out their case against the former Trump campaign chairman.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye said Manafort made tens of millions of dollars as a political consultant in Ukraine, but used offshore shell companies and foreign bank accounts to avoid paying U.S. taxes on much of the money.

The US President's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is to stand trial on tax evasion and bank fraud charges (file photo).

On Tuesday morning, he was set to travel about 100 yards, from the Alexandria Detention Center to the Albert V Bryan courthouse in Virginia, for the first day of his trial on multiple felony charges including tax fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy. The trial is expected to last about three weeks.

President Trump's former campaign chairman spent more than a million dollars on suits and luxury clothes - much of it paid with money from undeclared foreign accounts that he did not report to the IRS, federal prosecutors told a jury Wednesday.

A lawyer for Paul Manafort says the former Trump campaign chairman never meant to deceive USA authorities about his income or his foreign bank accounts.

As with earlier witnesses, the subject of Manafort's spending irritated the judge, who told prosecutors: "You have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he signed tax documents to show he knowingly didn't represent his true income".

While prosecutors are not expected to address the question of possible collusion between Trump and Russia, Manafort's case is widely viewed as a test to the legitimacy of Mueller's ongoing probe, which Trump has dismissed as a "witch hunt".

Manafort's attorney Thomas Zehnle has warned jurors that Gates cannot be trusted and is the type of witness who would say anything he could to save himself from a lengthy prison sentence and a crippling financial penalty.

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"It was a really incredible operation", Devine said of Manafort's work for Yanukovych, who became Ukraine's president in 2010, was removed from power four years later and lives in exile in Russian Federation. During a preliminary hearing in May, Ellis said he saw no relation between the cases and "anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate", but concluded later that upon further review the special counsel had "followed the money paid by pro-Russian officials" to Manafort.

"This is an exceptionally hard case for the defense", Turley told AFP. "To quote gamblers in Las Vegas, he has to run the table".

"All of these charges boil down to one simple issue: that Paul Manafort lied", Asonye said. "At 69, that must weigh heavily on his mind".

Katzman said that Manafort paid for the clothing with an global wire transfer and that he was the only client at Alan Couture who did so.

"We're primarily here because of one man - Rick Gates", Zehnle said. Katzman was the manager for his father's tailoring business Alan Couture while Manafort was a customer there.

Manafort has remained defiant, vowing to fight the charges.

"If he cooperates with Mueller, a pardon is going to be substantially reduced in likelihood", he said.

In the Washington case, a federal judge last month ordered Mr Manafort be jailed after Mr Mueller charged him with witness-tampering, charges to which he pleaded not guilty.

He is scheduled to go on trial in the U.S. capital in September on separate charges brought by Mueller of conspiracy, money laundering and failing to register as an agent of a foreign government.

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