US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort has gone on trial over bank and tax fraud charges.
Manafort, 69, went to court on Tuesday facing eighteen charges that stem from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian alleged interference in the US 2016 election.
However, his charges are not related to the things he did while serving for three months as the chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign, but to lobbying activities he did on behalf of the former government of Ukraine.
The evidence gathered by Mueller’s team would show that Manafort funneled over $60m in proceeds from his Ukrainian political consulting through offshore accounts and had concealed a “significant” portion of it from the the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the prosecutors said.
He used that “secret income” to pay for personal expenses such as a $21,000 watch, a $15,000 jacket made of ostrich in addition to over $6m worth of…