Week One Of Manafort's Trial: Lavish Lifestyle And Falsified Documents

Bookkeeper: Ex-Trump campaign chairman 'approved every penny' of bills

Mr Trump's remark coincided with the start of the trial this week of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on charges arising from Mr Mueller's inquiry.

And that's not even mentioning the $15,000 ostrich leather jacket. A second trial is scheduled for September in the District of Columbia. And they are expected to hear later from Manafort's bookkeeper.

A witness from a landscape company talked about flower-lined tennis courts at Manafort's property in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. At that time, Calk was seeking a job in the Trump campaign and administration, prosecutors said. He anxious that talking so much about Manafort's expensive taste could prejudice the jury against him. Prosecutors allege that Manafort paid for the costly clothing and other items through wire transfers from the offshore accounts.

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Prosecutors in the trial of President Donald Trump's former aide Paul Manafort continued to focus on Manafort's finances Friday during the fourth day of his trial, as his former accountant testified.

The trial opened with a display of Manafort's opulent lifestyle, then progressed into testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception.

Heather Washkuhn, who worked for Manafort for eight years, told the court Manafort was "very detail oriented".

Laporta detailed multiple examples in which Manafort and Gates sought to doctor financial records, first in order to lower Manafort's taxable income and then later to inflate his income so that he could get bank loans. She came across as honest - even more so when she said that what she had done to help Manafort obtain bank loans was wrong.

That is because, given how much evidence is spelled out in black-and-white in a paper trail, it's very hard to find a strategy for defending against the charges. You might argue that Democrats are going to say just the opposite, but that isn't exactly true. "I don't see a monkey wrench so far".

When Laporta and a colleague provided an assessment of how much tax Manafort would owe, Gates responded that Manafort didn't have the money to pay it.

The stunning revelations from Ms. Laporta included her description of how Mr. Manafort's business associate Rick Gates pressured her to modify a loan amount to decrease his bosses' tax bill.

"Rick Gates is a double-edged sword", said Mintz.

Greg Andres, a member of Mueller's team, confirmed that the prosecution will call on Gates. The Manafort legal team has been working to convince the jury that Gates is to blame rather than their client. "But [Gates] will be well-armored for it, with preparation". The source said the decision will be made after the prosecution rests its case, which could take place next week. While reports typically reflected only income that had already been collected, Manafort requested she create a document to "reflect collection of income earned in Ukr of 2.4M that is to be collected". "We don't convict people because they have a lot of money and throw it around". "That's not the American way". The jury was granted permission by Judge T.S. Ellis III to bring a birthday cake to the courthouse, presumably to celebrate the birthday of one of the jurors. They also say he falsely reported that he had no financial interest in foreign bank accounts. That fits within the three-week timetable Ellis said he was hoping for before the trial began.

The trial resumes Monday afternoon when the defense will begin its cross-examination of Laporta.

Laporta testified that she told the bank, at Manafort's or Gates' direction, that the loan had been forgiven. In one email, shortly before Manafort left the campaign, Manafort emailed LaPorta about a document he was submitting for a loan application that prosecutors say falsely inflated his income.

Prosecutors in the case suggested the day before that they might not call Gates to answer questions.

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