Paul Manafort to stand trial in special counsel case

night of the first criminal trial in the Mueller investigation Paul manafort the man who ran president Trump’s campaign will appear in court this morning facing charges for financial fraud he could face the rest of his life in prison if convicted babysit Sarah Phillips is the federal courthouse in Alexandria Virginia good morning Kira good morning to put this in perspective this is a huge day the first public glimpse into Robert Mueller’s world since he launched this investigation and it’s focus on Paul manafort the man that President Trump entrusted to run his campaign and here’s a Twist George source is telling us there is one word the t-word that Witnesses have been told not to say today and that word is Trump first criminal trial stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 election Ford has done an amazing job view or your campaign and Putin and his regime know if there are not it’s absurd to it with Russia at least for now manafort is facing 18 counts of financial crimes allegations that he laundered at least 60 million dollars from Consulting work on behalf of pro russian-ukrainian politicians then when the funds through offshore bank accounts and in turn living a lavish lifestyle Fit For A King luxury cars beachfront properties and shopping sprees at the house of Bijan what are the most exclusive showrooms men’s fashion what jurors will hear the prosecutors making their case for tax and bank fraud what they probably won’t hear if manafort has any knowledge about the Trump campaign allegedly coordinating with Russia during the 2016 presidential election trial instead of cooperating with investigators and if convicted he could spend the rest of his life in jail and it raises the question George does he believe he did nothing wrong or couldn’t be holding out for a presidential pardon hi everyone George Stephanopoulos here thanks for checking out the ABC News YouTube channel if you’d like to get more videos show highlights and watch live event coverage click on the right over here to subscribe to our Channel and don’t forget to download the ABC News app for breaking news alerts thanks for watching
Trump’s former campaign chairman faces 18 counts of financial crimes after allegedly funneling at least $60 million through offshore bank accounts.

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