As Manafort Trial Begins The Judge B*tch Slaps Mueller’s Prosecutor In Open Court: “It’s Not A Crime To Have Money”

Kirsters Baish| The trial of former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, started in Alexandria, Virginia Tuesday morning. Manafort was alleged to have committed bank fraud and tax evasion. Both Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors and Manafort’s lawyers came out strong in their opening statements.

Manafort’s attorney started off by telling Paula Reid, a reporter for CBS, on Monday morning, “No deal. Manafort attorney Kevin Downing tells me “No chance!” his client will cooperate with Special Counsel in order to avoid trial today.”

The prosecutors accused the former Trump adviser of being a “shrewd” liar in their opening statement, continuing on to claim that Manafort made millions off of his consultation work in the Ukraine. They went on to hang him out to dry by asserting that Manafort then hid the money in bank accounts in foreign nations.

CNN writes:

Prosecutors accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of being a “shrewd” liar who orchestrated a global scheme to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars, in opening statements that kicked off Manafort’s trial on Tuesday.

Manafort lived an “extravagant lifestyle” fueled by millions of dollars in “secret income” that he earned from his lobbying in Ukraine, said Uzo Asonye, a prosecutor working on the case with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Manafort became wealthy from the “cash spigot” that came from working for his “golden goose in Ukraine,” former President Viktor Yanukovych, Asonye said.
Asonye stated, “All of these charges boil down to one simple issue: that Paul Manafort lied. Manafort placed himself and his money over the law.”

Defense came back strong, however. They placed blame on Manafort’s associate, Rick Gates. Gates had entered a guilty plea and gave into Mueller and his team, agreeing to cooperate.

Manafort attorney Zehnle aimed right at Rick Gates, calling him “the prosecution’s star witness.”

Zehnle stated, “This is the way that they required it to be done.” He went on to explain that oligarchs paid the former Trump campaign adviser via secret bank accounts. On Tuesday, the prosecution revealed that they had uncovered 30 hidden foreign bank accounts.

 Zehnle explained of Manafort’s longtime associates, such as Gates, “he trusted them to speak with one another and make sure things were done right.” Earlier in the year, Gates entered a guilty plea, explaining that he participated in Manafort’s “financial conspiracy.” He then agreed to testify against Manafort.

Now Mueller’s lawyers are trying to poke at Manafort for having money.

The Gateway Pundit writes, “At one point Judge Ellis scolded Mueller’s prosecutor, Asonye, who told jurors that Manafort owned several homes, acquired real estate in New York and Virginia, bought expensive cars and watches, and even got a $15,000 jacket ‘made from an ostrich.'”

CNN reported.

As he started delivering his opening statement, Asonye earned a near-immediate rebuke from Judge T.S. Ellis, who told him not to tell jurors that “the evidence will show” that the allegations against Manafort are true.
During his preliminary instructions to the jury, Ellis reminded told jurors that “you and you alone are the sole judges to the facts in this case.”

On Tuesday, 12 jurors were chosen, 6 male and 6 female. 8 of the jurors are white.

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