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Manafort trial poses first courtroom test for Mueller

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The second day of the trial of Paul Manafort in Alexandria, Va., detailed the free-spending ways of the political consultant, from buying some of the most expensive suits in the world, to buying his daughter a almost $2 million home, paid for with cash.

Ellis, who warned prosecutors against using the word "oligarchs" to describe wealthy Ukrainians, several times admonished them for spending so much time documenting Manafort's extravagant lifestyle.

Kathleen Manafort departs from U.S. District Court following the opening day of Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort's trial on bank and tax fraud charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S., July 31, 2018.

Manafort spent the $334,000 at the House of Bijan, known as one of the world's most expensive menswear stores, an employee testified.

U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Tuesday will become the first person to go to trial after being ensnared in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He said Manafort was the only business client of his who paid via global wire transfer.

It also tried the patience of U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who repeatedly scolded prosecutors for what he said was excessive and unnecessary information.

Asonye told Ellis Wednesday afternoon that prosecutors could rest their case as early as next week.

Nanavati had no further questions.

A star government witness will be Richard Gates, a former deputy Trump campaign chairman and former Manafort business associate.

"Let's move on, enough is enough", the judge said sternly, allowing the witness to describe the annual spending, but not the total amount over the five year period. They say he instead took advantage by "lining his own pockets".

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But assistant U.S. attorney Uzo Asonye said of Gates: "He may testify, he may not".

Eight witnesses testified during the second day of Manafort's federal court trial in Alexandria, Virginia, the first stemming from Mueller's 14-month investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 US election. The trial was expected to last three weeks. He said he knocked multiple times before entering with a key after no one answered, only to find Manafort sitting inside.

After opening statements, the jury heard from the government's first witness, Democratic strategist Tad Devine, who testified about his collaborations with Manafort on behalf of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions. Rabin said he hand't.

Prosecutors then displayed a copy of an invoice on the screen that was different from the others Jacobsen had sent Manafort over the years.

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.

That was not the only place Manafort used this type of purchase mechanism, he also used wire transfers from foreign accounts at the House of Bijian in Beverly Hills.

Ellis said there are invoices to show that, and that the photos were not necessary.

Asonye said Manafort created "bogus" loans, falsified documents and lied to his tax preparer and bookkeeper to hide the money, which he obtained from Ukrainian oligarchs through a series of shell company transfers and later from fraudulently obtained bank loans in the U.S.

"Judge, this is not an effort to prove Mr. Manafort lived lavishly", Andres said.

Attorneys on both sides were also told by the judge to "reign in their facial expressions".

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