Manafort Drops Appeal of Civil Case Against Mueller

  • Manafort Drops Appeal of Civil Case Against Mueller

Manafort Drops Appeal of Civil Case Against Mueller

It is the first trial arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 US presidential election.

But the broader implications are unmistakable.

Prosecutors have said they don't plan during Manafort's fraud trial to offer evidence related to the Russian Federation case, or make many references to Manafort's association with the Trump campaign. Trump denies any collusion by his campaign.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Monday gave up his effort to challenge special counsel Robert Mueller in civil court.

Gates was expected to be the government's star witness at trial, but prosecutor Uzo Asonye said he could not say with certainty whether Gates would or would not testify. "Obviously, that's very risky for him".

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts.

"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.

Devine was also asked about Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukranian political consultant who he described as a translator for Manafort.

Zehnle said Manafort trusted others to keep track of the millions of dollars he was earning from his Ukrainian political work. There's likely to be testimony, too, about tailored Beverly Hills clothing, high-end antiques, rugs and art and New York Yankees seasons tickets.

But Zehnle said there was no evidence that Manafort ever meant to deceive the IRS. Despite that, 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".

"I don't anticipate that a government witness will utter the word 'Russia, '" Andres said.

Asonye also told Ellis that prosecutors expect to rest their case next week, noting that they are "ahead of schedule".

Nor will they hear about the reason he's been jailed since last month after a judge revoked his house arrest over allegations that he and a longtime associate attempted to tamper with witnesses in the case.

A United States appeals court in Washington today rejected Mr Manafort's request to be released.

Trump repeatedly has sought to discredit Mueller's investigation, which is also looking into whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow and whether the president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

Yanukovych's ouster in 2014 is relevant, the special counsel says, "because it explains Manafort's work for a different political party (the Opposition Bloc) and why his income later drops dramatically, which is relevant to the bank frauds that he later committed". "Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders", Mr. Trump tweeted. The administration job never materialized. Some legal analysts saw the move as a potential attempt to stop the defense, which has attempted to pin any wrongdoing inside Manafort's company on Gates, from moving the focus of the trial from Manafort to his former subordinate.

Discrediting the prosecutor's witnesses is a common defense strategy.

Manafort filed the initial lawsuit in January against Mueller, the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the probe into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, claims Mr Manafort made $60 million from Ukrainian political figures. Another man brought a John Grisham novel into the courtroom.