Setting a fast pace for a complicated trial, Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, repeatedly urged lawyers for both sides to speed up their decision-making so the jury could be seated.
"In each of these cases, the evidence will show that Paul Manafort placed himself and his money above the law", said prosecutor Uzo Asonye.
Manafort is facing bank and tax fraud charges in the first trial brought forward in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Prosecutors plan to produce almost three dozen witnesses during the trial, including Manafort's former associate Richard Gates, who is cooperating with the government after pleading guilty to lesser charges in February.
The judge in the trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is telling prosecutors not to use the word "oligarch" to describe wealthy Ukrainians who paid millions to Manafort for his work as an global political consultant.
A list of 30 witnesses submitted by prosecutors includes luxury rug dealers, clothiers, real estate agents and others who would be expected to describe how Manafort spent money.
The trial, in Alexandria, Virginia, is expected to last at least three weeks. Manafort is accused of financial crimes, including bank fraud and tax evasion, relating to his lobbying work for the government of Ukraine.
Manafort, who served as Trump's campaign chairman in 2016, was indicted past year as part of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, though his charges do not have to do with potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
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Earlier in the day, prosecutors and defense attorneys selected a 12-member jury to weigh Manafort's fate. Trump repeatedly has sought to discredit the investigation, which is also looking into any possible unlawful Trump campaign coordination with Moscow.
Though prosecutors made no reference to Trump nor discussed in any way Manafort's leadership of the Trump campaign, Manafort's case is nonetheless widely viewed as a test to the legitimacy of Mueller's ongoing probe, which Trump has dismissed as a "witch hunt".
Trump denies any campaign collusion with Russian Federation, and on Tuesday tried to make the case publicly that collusion would not be a crime anyway.
"It's about Mr. Manafort placing his trust in the wrong person", Zehnle said.
After several hours of discussions with individual jurors, prosecutors from the special counsel's office and lawyers for Mr. Manafort rejected about 20 potential jurors. Four alternate jurors, three women and one man, also were chosen. He said Manafort "worked for me for a very short time".
The former Trump campaign head was ordered to jail by a judge on new charges that he was tampering with witnesses.
Prosecutors plan to present evidence that a chairman of one of the banks allowed Manafort to file inaccurate loan information in exchange for a job on the campaign and the promise of a job in the Trump administration.
It's the first of two trials Manafort will go through.