Prosecutors highlight Manafort’s lavish spending on trial’s second day

Prosecutors highlight Manafort’s lavish spending on trial’s second day

There's likely to be testimony, too, about tailored Beverly Hills clothing, high-end antiques, rugs and art and New York Yankees seasons tickets. And he regularly paid for his extravagant expenses through global wire transfers.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort personally directed millions of dollars in worldwide wire transfers to pay for high-end suits and more than $3 million in improvements at his various houses, witnesses testified Wednesday on the second day of his financial fraud trial.

Prosecutors provided the details to help establish Manafort's income and involvement in the payments.

"Mr. Manafort is not on trial for having a lavish lifestyle", Ellis said.

Mueller has been tasked with investigating interactions between Trump associates and Russian officials.

Prosecutors said they could conclude making their case as early as next week, meaning the trial could be shorter than the three weeks prosecutors had projected. With electronic devices barred, those in the crowded federal courtroom didn't even see the tweets until a brief lunch break. In fact, at the outset of the day, Ellis even banned the word "oligarch" from the courtroom in reference to people Manafort dealt with during his work in Ukraine and Russian Federation, saying the word had "come to have a pejorative meaning".

The judge's testiness also revealed itself when he complained about the unpronounceable names on the suits Manafort wore-"If it doesn't say Men's Wearhouse, I don't buy it."-and when he reprimanded attorneys for rollings their eyes at him".

An FBI agent described the July 2017 raid on Manafort's Virginia condominium, saying he knocked multiple times before entering with a key and finding Manafort inside. Between 2010 and 2012, Manafort spent $334,000 at the shop, which bills itself as "the world's most expensive store". Maximillian Katzman, of New York's elite custom clothier Alan Couture, said Manafort was one of his top customers and, unlike any other customer, paid with global wire transfers.

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Ronald Wall, head of finances for luxury, appointment-only brand House of Bijan, revealed a similar pattern of spending.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to report foreign bank accounts.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Paul Manafort orchestrated a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to evade USA tax and banking laws, leaving behind a trail of lies as he lived a lavish lifestyle, prosecutors said Tuesday as they laid out their case against the former Trump campaign chairman.

While punctuated by the judge's colorful commands, the day proceeded with matters of substance, as witnesses testified to how Manafort spent his money and prosecutors surprised many observers when they suggested they might not call former Manafort colleague Rick Gates to testify. "It isn't relevant", Ellis said in reaction to a piece of evidence introduced by prosecutors, adding that it was not a crime to be wealthy.

Tucker Carlson slammed the ongoing trial of former Trump campaign chairman and longtime lobbyist Paul Manafort. Laporta and O'Brien will testify about the preparation of Manafort's tax returns by Virginia-based accounting firm KWC.

But assistant United States attorney Uzo Asonye said of Gates: "He may testify, he may not". He pleaded guilty in February to conspiring against the United States and lying to investigators.

As the high-profile first trial resulting from charges brought from the Mueller investigation, Tuesday's session was filled with about 80 onlookers sitting on wooden benches in the back of the room, a mix of journalists and curious civilians distinguishable only by whether they had a notebook in hand. The lawyers' facial expressions, Ellis said, appeared to show them thinking: "Why do we have to put up with this idiot judge?" Ellis curtly asked at one point on Wednesday.

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