Paul Manafort believed he was above the law: United States prosecutor

Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III says oligarch has a "pejorative" meaning and using it isn't relevant to the bank fraud and tax evasion charges against Manafort.

During his opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye told the jury that Manafort considered himself above the law as he funneled tens of millions of dollars through offshore accounts.

The judge in the trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is telling prosecutors not to use the word "oligarch" to describe wealthy Ukrainians who paid millions to Manafort for his work as an worldwide political consultant.

Defence attorney Thomas Zehnle said in his opening statement that Manafort trusted others to keep track of the millions of dollars he was earning from his Ukrainian political work.

"My guess is you will see O.J. -type frenzy at this court event", said Michael Caputo, a former Trump aide and longtime Manafort associate, referring to the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Mr Mueller's team has estimated it could take eight to 10 days to present its case to the jury, suggesting the trial may last at least three weeks.

He faces twelve different counts, all felonies, which include conspiracy against the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent, making false statements about being a foreign agent, false statements to the Department of Justice, tax fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and more. Prosecutors said Tuesday that Manafort hid 30 foreign bank accounts from U.S. authorities. Trump repeatedly has sought to discredit the investigation, which is also looking into any possible unlawful Trump campaign coordination with Moscow.

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He said Trump could help the public understand what is at stake in Mueller's investigation, which both Trump and Caputo have called a "witch hunt" aimed at ending his presidency. Trump tweets that Manafort "He worked for me for a very short time".

Five witnesses have been granted immunity from prosecution to testify against Manafort.

The opening day focused heavily on the defendant's lavish lifestyle, as prosecutors said he lied to put his money ahead of the law.

Pres. Trump derides previous administrations for not telling him about Paul Manafort's alleged crimes before he hired him to run his 2016 campaign. Manafort became wealthy from the "cash spigot" that came from working for his "golden goose in Ukraine", former President Viktor Yanukovych, Asonye said.

FILE - Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court on June 15, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Just before 2 p.m., prosecutors and defense attorneys finalized the twelve men and women who will serve as jurors, as well as four alternates.

The rejection of the argument that Mueller's pursuit of Manafort is outside of his investigation's scope, and a failed attempt to move Manafort's trial to Roanoke, Va. are two examples of recent legal maneuverings that didn't work out. 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 USA government. Three Russian companies have also been charged.

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