The charges against Manafort center on lobbying work he did in Ukraine - work that predates the 2016 presidential campaign, when he served as Donald Trump's campaign chairman.
Opening remarks by Manafort's lawyer, Thomas Zehnle, gave an indication of his defense tactic - singling out Gates. In fact, prosecutors said last week they don't expect the word "Russia" to be mentioned at all.
Paul Manafort is being tried in Alexandria, Va., on 18 counts of tax and bank fraud.
It's the first trial arising from Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
If the judge rules in their favor, prosecutors could present evidence that delves deeper into Manafort's Russian connections. Trump repeatedly has sought to discredit the investigation, which is also looking into any possible unlawful Trump campaign coordination with Moscow.
That task comes as the president and his lawyer-spokesperson, Rudy Giuliani, have intensified their attempts to undermine the Mueller investigation in the court of public opinion and as the USA president continues to waffle on whether he'll sit for a private interview with prosecutors.
"Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and "Public Enemy Number One", or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling", Trump wrote in a tweet. He said he would not tolerate any pictures of Manafort and others "at a cocktail party with scantily clad women", if they exist.
But prosecutor Uso Asonye said jurors may not hear from Mr. Gates after all.
The special counsel has enlisted as many as 35 witnesses to testify against Manafort.
"They're going to be seeing a guy who spent half a million dollars just on landscaping", Turley said.
More details about Mr Manafort's work in Ukraine and with Russian nationals are expected to emerge in the 69-year-old's trial, which starts on Tuesday.
"It was a tremendous amount of work and I have to say, Paul worked harder than anyone", Devine said. The Virginia trial will be followed by a second one in Washington in September in which Manafort is charged with money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering.
Given the strength of the evidence, however, some legal experts have suggested Manafort may be banking on an eventual pardon from Trump, who has called his former campaign chairman a "nice guy" who has been treated unfairly. 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. But Butina also appeared to have had a broader mission, The Daily Beast reports, detailing an encounter in which Butina urged legendary USA financial executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg to pour more money into the secretly insolvent Russian bank Investtorgbank, leaving observers "shocked and disturbed" at her audacity.
But they may face some tough competition for the Brazilian's signature now that Real Madrid have entered the race to sign him. But, the report by AS suggests that Los Blancos may have backed out of their pursuit of the Chelsea superstar.
The company may have halted more ad purchases than expected as it applied a broad definition of what's considered "political". Much ground has been lost in the short span of 24 hours - a fall from which Facebook will have to work hard to recover.
With imports increasingly only by 0.5 per cent, net trade added 1.06 percentage points to the second quarter's GDP growth figure. Due to declines in birth rates, workers will be joining the economy at a slower pace and this hurts overall growth levels.
Epic Games will be applying a new update for Battle Royale and Save The World , moving the game to the new 5.10 Patch Notes . If Fortnite players complete all three of the challenges, they will earn the Birthday Cake Back Bling .
He is the only one who is here and the poor man is trying his best with the frustration of somebody who wants more. In a team lacking key senior figures, one established name who did start was Alexis Sanchez.
Management caught up to the suspects in the parking lot and were denied access to both searching the vehicle and the stroller. In a freaky case, two men and a woman stole a shark from an aquarium by disguising it as a baby and putting it in a stroller.
The state has two months to pick a successor company to take over Charter's service, according to The New York Post. As a result, the commission's general counsel referred a false-advertising claim to the Attorney General's Office.
Trump praised DeSantis as "a tough, brilliant cookie" and predicts: "He's going to be your next governor". To be fair, to purchase alcohol and sometimes certain over-the-counter medications requires an ID.
Last year, Bajaj Auto and British motorcycle maker Triumph Motorcycles announced their plans to make mid-capacity motorcycles. Sales have fallen in the past year, and Harley-Davidson stock has declined 15 percent so far this year.
Earlier in the day, the much-awaited second and final draft of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC ) was released. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, "People whose names don't appear on the final list, they need not worry".
Judge: Border family reunification 'has been completed'
Because Trump's wall was funded during the current fiscal year, it would continue for the length of the extension. Cuellar said he remains concerned about the continued separation and reunification of immigrant families.
Apple earnings beat expectations as it sells pricier iPhones
Apple made more money from higher priced iPhones in the latest quarter, even as the number of phones it sold did not change much. Apple sold 41.3 million phones from April to June, a modest bump from the 41 million sold during the same period in 2017.