The trial of Paul Manafort is the first result of the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller on the possible Russian interference in the US presidential elections of 2016.
The trial of Paul Manafort, a former campaign director for the current President of the United States, begins Tuesday and is the first result of the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller on possible Russian interference in the US presidential elections in 2016.
It is expected, however, that the hearings, which will begin after the selection of the jury in Alexandria, Virginia, will focus mainly on the financial crimes that Manafort is accused of in his consulting work for Ukraine, reports are expected of extravagant spending, secret fictitious companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money going through bank accounts of tax havens and landing in the pockets of the political adviser.
While there is no hope that there will be answers as to whether the White House real estate tycoon Donald Trump’s campaign was in touch with the Kremlin at the time of the 2016 presidential election, the broader implications of this trial are as they will give public opinion the most detailed glimpse so far of the evidence that Mueller’s team spent a year accumulating. These include testimony about the business and external links of an accused Trump entrusted with the management of his presidential campaign during a critical period in 2016, including during the Republican convention.
In addition, it will be at a delicate time for the head of state, where Mueller’s team insists on interviewing him and Trump intensifies his attacks on the investigation he calls “witch-hunts.”
Adding to the intrigue is the awaited spectacle of Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, who will testify against him after making an agreement with the prosecution, and speculation that Manafort, facing charges in two different courthouses and decades in prison, if convicted, you may be counting on a Trump pardon.
Manafort was formally charged along with Gates in Mueller’s comprehensive investigation, but he is the only American citizen accused of opting for a trial rather than cooperating with the authorities. The remaining 31 defendants have either reached legal settlements, such as former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, or are Russian nationals who will hardly enter US court. Three Russian companies were also charged.
Prosecutors in this case have indicated they could call 35 witnesses, including five with immunity agreements, to try to prove that Manafort has laundered more than $ 30 million, which he did not tell the tax authorities obtained by political advice to the pro-Ukrainian party -Right of Viktor Ianukovich, deposed President in 2014.
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