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Court: Paul Manafort lied

Court: Paul Manafort lied

Donald Trump’s former election campaign chief “lied” and placed himself “above the law” according to prosecutors on the first day of his criminal trial.
Paul Manafort tried to hide tens of millions of dollars of income in 30 foreign bank accounts across three different countries, prosecutors said.
Mr Manafort is facing 18 counts, including bank fraud, and could face up to 30 years in jail if found guilty.
The former political consultant has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On Tuesday, Mr Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign for three months, was accused by prosecutors of using numerous accounts in order to evade tax.
They said the money was used to fund a lifestyle of properties, cars, clothing and other items, including a $21m (£16m) watch.
One jacket, according to the government lawyer, cost $15,000 and was made from an ostrich.
During his opening statement, a lawyer representing Mr Manafort said the case was “about taxes and trust” and his client’s “misplaced” trust in his former associate Rick Gates.
“Gates had his hand in the cookie jar,” defense attorney Thomas Zehnle said, adding: “Little did Paul know that Rick was lining his own pockets.”
None of the charges that Mr Manafort faces at trial relate to the investigation into possible collusion in 2016 between Russia and the Trump campaign.
A jury of six men and six women were sworn in for the trial in Alexandria, Virginia.