NEW: Paul Manafort Trial Happening THIS Week

Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign advisor, will face a 16-count indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a Virginia court this upcoming Wednesday. The hearing will continue the nine-month saga as Manafort was initially indicted by the investigative team in October 2017 alongside his top aide Rick Gates.

ABC News reports Manafort and Gates have been indicted for: filing false individual income tax returns, failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, bank fraud conspiracy, and bank fraud.

From the report:

Manafort and Gates are accused of hiding tens of millions income from lobbying work for the former government of Ukraine and failing to pay taxes on it in the U.S.

All told, special counsel Robert Mueller said more than $75 million was funneled through offshore accounts in Cyprus, the Grenadines, the Seychelles and the United Kingdom, and that Manafort, with the assistance of Gates, laundered more than $30 million to pay for personal expenses.

Recently tacked onto the original list of indictments was witness tampering, obstructing justice, and conspiracy to obstruct justice, CNBC reports.

Manafort is scheduled to appear in a federal D.C. court for these charges and others with Russian citizen and former operative Konstantin Kilimnik. Other charges include conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal and false statements.

Per CNBC:

Kilimnik was a longtime employee of Manafort’s political consulting entities and had done work for him in Ukraine. He is also suspected of having connections to Russian intelligence services.

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The indictment accuses Manafort, while being confined to his home, of conspiring with Kilimnik to influence two potential witnesses against Manafort between late February and April.

The witnesses are identified as “Persons D1 and D2” in the superseding indictment. That is exactly how Mueller, in his bail revocation request, identified two witnesses who had worked with Manafort and whom he allegedly tried to tamper with.

None of these charges against Manafort include collusion with Russian entities to help influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

CNN reports prosecutors will not bring up any alleged collusion with the Russian government during the trial.

Mueller could potentially call forward 35 witnesses to testify against Manafort, Washington Examiner reports.

Here’s a full list, via Washington Examiner:

1. Ali, Hesham
2. Ayliff, Philip
3. Brennan, James
4. Day, John
5. DeLuca, Douglas
6. Devine, Tad
7. Duggan, Donna
8. Evenson, Darin
9. Gates, Richard
10. Holland, Wayne
11. Jacobson, Stephen
12. James, Melinda
13. Katzman, Maximillian
14. Kirimca, Irfan
15. Laporta, Cindy
16. LaPorte, Kevin
17. Liss, Paula
18. Magionos, Morgan
19. Maxwell, Joel
20. Metzler, Amanda
21. Miceli, Peggy
22. Michael, Renee
23. Mikuska, Matthew
24. O’Brien, Conor
25. Opsut, Daniel
26. Rabin, Daniel
27. Raico, Dennis
28. Regolizio, Michael
29. Rodriguez, Taryn
30. Seferian, Gary
31. Sullivan, Stacey
32. Trusko, Alex
33. Wall, Ronald
34. Washkuhn, Heather
35. Welch, Michael

President Trump declined to answer a reporter who asked if he would consider pardoning Manafort, should he be found guilty. Trump said it was too early to decide.

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