Mueller was appointed by the U.S. Justice Department's No. 2 official previous year to take over an FBI investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was unlawful coordination between Trump's campaign and Moscow.
The president likely won't get an answer to that last question anytime soon since prosecutors have agreed not to discuss Russian Federation and its possible ties to the Trump campaign during the Manafort trial.
The highly-publicized trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, one figure involved in the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation, started in Virginia Tuesday as attorneys began jury selection.
The income that Manafort allegedly shielded from authorities, he used to buy multi-million-dollar properties, antique rugs and luxury cars, Asonye said. While many in the courtroom laughed, including Manafort's lawyers, the defendant himself did not.
It's the first trial related to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.
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.
Paul Manafort on Tuesday will become the first of President Donald Trump's former aides to go on trial, accused of bank and tax fraud by federal investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. He was in the hot seat when Mr Trump eventually won the Republican nomination, and organised the Republican convention in July 2016. 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 United States government.
His lawyers are seeking to exclude evidence at trial that details Manafort's political lobbying work in Ukraine, saying it would be "irrelevant, prejudicial and unnecessarily time-consuming". Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The trial is expected to drag on for at least three weeks, with jury selection for the case beginning on Tuesday. As he was leaving the courtroom at the end of day, he blew a kiss and mouthed "I love you" to his wife, Kathleen, who was seated in the first row.
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Discrediting the prosecutor's witnesses is a common defense strategy.
The Manafort charges do not relate to allegations of Russian meddling or collusion with Trump figures in the 2016 campaign, but rather focus on allegations that Manafort cheated on his taxes and engaged in other fraudulent activity.
Ellis had given the pool of 65 potential jurors an overview of the charges against Manafort, though he reminded the group that the indictment "is not evidence of any guilt whatsoever".
Ellis interrupted Andres to say, "The government doesn't want to prosecute somebody because they wear nice clothes, right?"
The former political consultant, who ran the Trump campaign for three months, has pleaded not guilty.
Some stunning testimony emerged, including from a high-end Manhattan clothier who said Manafort spent $334,000 at his business over two years on custom suits and accessories.
"Unfortunately, his trust in Rick Gates was misplaced", Zehnle said.
Prosecutors have said they would not present evidence of collusion at this trial.
He's the only American charged in the Mueller probe to opt for a trial.
The second trial, scheduled for September in the District of Columbia, involves allegations that he acted as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests.