What are the charges against Paul Manafort?

Charlene Craig
July 31, 2018

President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort departs U.S. District Court after a motions hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S., May 4, 2018. Or will special counsel Robert Mueller be handed a defeat in his team's first trial since his appointment more than a year ago? "You really don't care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud ..."

Trump has called Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling, which includes potential collusion between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin, a "witch hunt".

Manafort is the only American charged by Mueller to opt for a trial.

"The government expects to prove that Manafort earned more than $60 million dollars from his Ukraine work during the period at issue and failed to report a significant percentage of it on his tax returns", prosecutors wrote.

Manafort ran Trump's campaign for five months in the spring of 2016. The charges carry a maximum combined sentence of 305 years in prison.

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On Tuesday, a court will work to seat the 12 Northern Virginians who will decide whether President Trump's former campaign chairman is guilty of several felonies. That is the process that begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, when Ellis will dig into possible jurors' knowledge of and opinions on the case, as well as any personal experiences that might color their thinking.

He faces additional charges in district court in Washington DC.

Special counsel Robert Mueller said he will need about three weeks to try the case, which accuses Manafort of lying to banks to get more than $20 million in loans.

Prosecutors say the evidence is also necessary to illustrate Manafort's relationship with the oligarchs who supported the Party of Regions and who paid him through foreign bank accounts.

Gates is also expected to play a key role in Manafort's second trial scheduled for September.

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Manafort's defense strategy is still unknown.

If the judge rules in their favor, prosecutors could present evidence that delves deeper into Manafort's Russian connections.

"Mueller's team is trying to keep it pristine with the judge".

"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.

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