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Mueller vs. Manafort: Round One

The special prosecutor can’t bring up the president, but the first Manafort trial will decide how the battle will be waged

After more than a year of intense scrutiny and political intrigue, the first trial stemming from the Russia investigation began with a bang on July 31 in a federal courtroom in Alexandria, Va. But rather than focus on Russian election meddling or questions of potential collusion with the Trump campaign, the opening shots of the trial included details of the lavish lifestyle led by defendant and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, as well as venom directed at his former business partner Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty to tax fraud in February and is expected to be the government’s star witness.

The trial is the first chance to see special counsel

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