Prosecutor Greg Andres readily agreed, telling the court, "We don't intend to mention alleged collusion with the Russians", and saying that only "a very small portion of the trial" will mention collusion - but only insofar as it relates to the government's claim of a quid-pro-quo relationship in which Manafort received bank loans allegedly in exchange for a Trump campaign position for a former bank chairman.
Manafort's defense team has filed a flurry of motions - to suppress evidence gathered from a Virginia storage unit, to challenge the mandate of the special counsel and to delay the trial - almost all of which it has lost so far.
It is the first full tally provided by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, of Mr Manafort's income from his work as a political consultant in Ukraine. Earlier in the day, prosecutors and defence attorneys selected a 12-member jury to weigh Manafort's fate.
Manafort is charged with bank fraud and tax crimes.
"A man in this courtroom believed the law did not apply to him".
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Monday gave up his effort to challenge special counsel Robert Mueller in civil court. Manafort, who was wearing a dark blue suit in place of his jail outfit, was watching in the courtroom nearby as jurors were handed the proper forms.
Manafort is accused of failing to report tens of millions of dollars in Ukrainian political consulting fees and using that money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Asonye said the evidence would show he lied to the Internal Revenue Service. The exhibits also "contain evidence about the identity of Manafort's sources of income in Ukraine, and in particular the oligarchs who instituted the practice of paying Manafort via foreign accounts", according to the filing. The charges stem from Manafort's activities from 2006-2017.
With Trump frequently calling the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt", the outcome of Manafort's trial one way or another could determine the probe's credibility.
Among them is former Manafort associate Rick Gates, who in February pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators.
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Freeman said the officers, who are both white, fired only after Blevins grabbed his loaded firearm and turned toward the officers. A protest of Blevins' death was planned for Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday NZT) at the Hennepin County Government Center.
Prosecutors expect to call 35 witnesses in their attempt to prove that Manafort put more than $75 million in offshore accounts, concealed more than $30 million in income from the U.S. Treasury and lied when obtaining bank loans.
In addition to jury selection, Tuesday morning included a hearing regarding a motion to block Ukraine-related documents from being introduced as evidence at the trial. National security lawyer Bradley Moss discusses the latest developments.
Trump has vacillated between showing sympathy for Manafort and trying to distance himself.
The focus on Manafort's personal dealings, rather than Russian Federation, aren't surprising considering the Special Counsel indictment didn't mention the Kremlin, the 2016 presidential election or collusion a single time.
"The depth of the charges against Paul Manafort is such that at some point, the best decision for him will be to try to cut a deal", said Lisa Griffin, a former federal prosecutor who is now a law professor at Duke University.
"I really hope the president continues to watch and make public comments about this case".
Prosecutors have said they don't plan to offer evidence related to the Russian Federation case, and that references to Manafort's association with the Trump campaign will be limited.
The Virginia trial will be followed by a second one in Washington in September in which Mr Manafort is charged with money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering.