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NEW: In opening statement, Paul Manafort’s lawyer put the jury’s focus on Rick Gates, branding him as a liar and saying Manafort’s “trust in Rick Gates was misplaced.”…
In their opening, Mueller’s team said Manafort thought he was above the law and committed tax and bank fraud in effort to keep “bank rolling his extravagant lifestyle."

They talked about his $15K “jacket made from an ostrich.”…
Prosecutor said that Manafort lied to both his bookkeeper and his tax preparer.

“Garbage in, garbage out.”…
Mueller’s prosecutor said that Viktor Yanukovych was Manafort’s “golden goose in Ukraine.”…
Manafort’s attorney took a shot at Rick Gates for lying to Mueller team even as he tried to work out a plea deal:

“Rick Gates, you will learn, violated one of life’s most basic rules: When you’re in a hole, stop digging.”…
Manafort’s lawyer also said his client “rendered a valuable service to our system of government” for because of his involvement in multiple presidential campaigns.…
Manafort’s lawyer also mentioned he was a second generation immigrant who was the first in his family to go to college.…
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