Transcript for Manafort trial
You're watching ABC news live M Keira Phillips outside the courthouse here in Alexandria Virginia. Where the trial of Paul man a Ford is about to begin trumps former campaign chairman. You can see behind me the on Lou onlookers also the protesters gathered outside the courthouse. You may remember Paul metaphor is facing charges of bank and tax fraud eighteen counts actually were not expecting any mention though a Russian collusion. For the trump campaign during this trial in fact sources telling us that witnesses had actually been told not to even utter the T word. That word of course. Prosecutors are wanting to prove that metaphor laundered at least sixty million dollars while consulting for pro Russian Ukrainian politicians. Basically living a life of luxury living the life of McCain buying luxury cars beachfront properties he'd build up hiding green behind one of his homes. In the Hamptons he had season tickets. For the New York Yankees so. As to how president trump feels about this about Paul met apart right now. Well his latest load it quote rather it is Matta for it is being treated like Al Capone. The just stressed though the point. About this trial it it's a white collar crimes trial it's about a man. They the president of the United States in trusted to run his campaign so nothing about Russian. Collusion want to make that clear and if convicted Paul Mann a port. Could spend the rice rest of his life. Behind bars. You're watching ABC news live I'm Keira Phillips just outside the courthouse in Alexandria Virginia.
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