Paul Manafort trial, Alexandria, Virginia

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The trial is the first arising from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

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

"I hope you will not hurry to slit your wrists". It's the first trial to stem from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Prosecutors are expected to argue that Mr Manafort's lavish spending on suits, homes and luxury items did not match the income declared on his tax returns and that he misled lenders when he borrowed tens of millions of dollars against NY real estate.

Manafort was a senior Trump campaign aide and he led the campaign for several months, but the charges are not directly related to campaign activity, as the White House has repeatedly emphasized. In fact, prosecutors said last week they don't expect the word "Russia" to be mentioned at all.

Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chair, was sent to jail pending a trial after his bail was revoked.

The presiding judge has said that Mr Manafort...

Manafort faces 18 counts. Manafort worked on Trump's presidential campaign for five months and attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians that is a focal point of Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the campaign and the Kremlin.

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As president, Trump has downplayed Manafort's role in the campaign. "It's a lot, and Paul Manafort trusted that Rick Gates was keeping track of it", Zehnle said.

While the trial may touch on Manafort's communications during the campaign with his partners in the former Soviet bloc, the trial is not expected to focus on campaign ties to Russian Federation. He is the only American charged by Mueller to opt for a trial.

Testimony in the trial is expected to start Tuesday afternoon. "He has a right to consider it", Mr Giuliani told Reuters. "When Mueller came in, he revived that investigation".

Following this trial, Manafort will face a second trial in Washington in September with more explosive charges, including conspiracy against the United States, failure to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, lying to federal investigators and obstruction of justice. Trump has denied any collusion took place. He said he would not tolerate any pictures of Manafort and others "at a cocktail party with scantily clad women", if they exist.

"It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the parties that the (case) be voluntarily dismissed", the new filing said.

Lawyers working for special counsel Robert Mueller plan to call witnesses they say demonstrate where Manafort spent his allegedly ill-gotten gains: custom-made suits; Persian rugs; landscaping fees; Land Rovers and Mercedes-Benz vehicles; and season tickets to the New York Yankees, among other items.

"His trust in Rick Gates was misplaced", Zehnle said, alleging that Gates had embezzled millions of dollars from Manafort. Failure to obtain a conviction for Manafort would give Trump and his allies more ammunition in their continued attacks on the probe.

But Uzo Asonye, an attorney with the special counsel's office, told jurors that Manafort considered himself above the law, and resorted to bank fraud when his overseas income couldn't support his lifestyle.