The Manafort trial: Guilty on 8 counts

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries and Sophie Tatum, CNN
8:10 p.m. ET, August 21, 2018
10:56 a.m. ET, August 1, 2018

FBI agent testifies Manafort raid was not a no-knock raid

From CNN's Marshall Cohen

An FBI agent who raided Paul Manafort's home last year testified that the FBI knocked three times before entering his condo in Washington's Northern Virginia suburbs.

FBI agent Matthew Mikuska said that he and other agents gathered outside Manafort's door, then knocked on three separate occasions and announced that the FBI was there to execute a search warrant.

When nobody answered the door, the agents used a key that they already had and entered the condo, Mikuska said. When they walked in, they saw Manafort standing nearby. 

The raid occurred shortly after 6 a.m., Mikuska said. 

Some news reports shortly after the July 2017 search suggested that it was a "no-knock raid." Mikuska's testimony on Wednesday disputed these reports.

Prosecutors already said in earlier court filings that the raid was not a "no-knock raid."

Watch how CNN reported on the raid at the time:

10:46 a.m. ET, August 1, 2018

Daniel Rabin's testimony concludes, FBI agent Matthew Mikuska up next

From CNN's Marshall Cohen and Katelyn Polantz

Political TV ad consultant Daniel Rabin's testimony concluded 30 minutes after it began with a hard pivot by the defense team toward Rick Gates. 

What this means: The testimony is yet another sign that the defense plans to blame Manafort's alleged criminal financial enterprise on his former deputy.

After prosecutor Greg Andres asked Rabin about the extent of his work in Ukraine with Manafort for former President Viktor Yanukovych, Westling asked Rabin whom he sent invoices for his Ukrainian TV ad work to at Paul Manafort's company.

Rabin said they first went to an assistant at the company, then to Gates. "Sounds like he handled a lot of logistics and business issues," Westling said. 

"That's correct," Rabin responded. 

Rabin also testified that Manafort himself paid him by bank wires and other forms of payment for his work, and at one point Manafort asked Rabin to attend a speech of the Ukrainian Party of Regions billionaire backer Rinat Akhmetov.

The second witness of the day, FBI agent Matthew Mikuska, is now testifying.

10:32 a.m. ET, August 1, 2018

Political consultant Daniel Rabin takes the stand to speak about his work in Ukraine

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Around 9:50 a.m. ET, Daniel Rabin -- a political TV ad consultant -- was the first witness to take the stand on Day 2 of the trial.

Rabin is largely speaking about his work in Ukraine with Manafort for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his political party, the Party of Regions.

Rabin previously worked alongside Manafort and Tad Devine, who testified yesterday, also about Manafort's work in Ukraine. 

Before questioning began, prosecutor Greg Andres told the judge the witnesses were testifying so they could establish for the jury the extent of the work Manafort did in Ukraine, up until Yanukovych's ouster in 2014.

Yanukovych has since fled to Russia.

Rabin, whose work like Devine's has largely been for Democrats in the US, is more soft-spoken on the stand than yesterday's witness, his former colleague.

2:29 p.m. ET, August 1, 2018

Trump tweets on Manafort: "Why didn't government tell me that he was under investigation"

From CNN's Sophie Tatum

Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning where he appeared to downplay his connections to Manafort -- saying the former Trump campaign chairman worked for him "for a very short time."

"Why didn't government tell me that he was under investigation," he tweeted, noting that the charges Manafort faces "have nothing to do with collusion."

He continued his tweet-spree in another post, writing that questions surrounding Russian collusion with his presidential campaign are a "total hoax."

2:29 p.m. ET, August 1, 2018

Judge tells lawyers to avoid using term "oligarch" to describe Manafort's Ukraine patrons

From CNN's Marshall Cohen

The Blind Justice statue stands outside of District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

Before the jury entered the room on Wednesday, the federal judge overseeing Paul Manafort's trial urged both sides to avoid using the term "oligarch" when describing Manafort's powerful patrons in Ukraine. 

Judge T.S. Ellis told special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors not to give jurors the implication that oligarchs were criminals. In making his point, Ellis, who is known as a sometimes colorful judge, even invoked two prominent US political donors.

"Mr. Soros would then be an oligarch ... so would Mr. Koch ... but we wouldn't use that term," Ellis said, referring to Democratic megadonor George Soros and one of the billionaire Koch brothers, whose influential network supports Republican candidates. 

9:06 a.m. ET, August 1, 2018

It's day 2 of the Manafort trial. Here's what happened yesterday.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial kicked off yesterday. He has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of bank fraud and tax crimes.

The jury will gather again at 9:30 a.m. ET today for day two of the trial. While we wait, catch up on what happened during day one:

  • The jury: The 12-person jury was selected yesterday morning. It comprises six men and six women. There are also four alternates, three women and a man.
  • The prosecution's opening statement: Prosecutors accused Manafort of being a "shrewd" liar who orchestrated a global scheme to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars.
  • The defense's opening statement: Manafort's lawyer made clear the plan is to point the finger at Manafort's longtime deputy Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and lying to federal investigators in February. 
  • The first witness: Following opening statements, Tad Devine, the Democratic political consultant who worked with Manafort in Ukraine, took the stand as the first witness called in the case.
8:47 p.m. ET, July 31, 2018

The first day of testimony in the Manafort trial just ended

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz and Marshall Cohen

The first day of Paul Manafort's trial has just wrapped up.

It ended with testimony from Tad Devine, who was questioned by prosecutors and Manafort's defense attorneys. 

Devine, the Democratic political consultant who worked with Manafort in Ukraine, testified extensively on how much work Manafort did in Ukraine alongside Rick Gates and his associate Konstantin Kilimnik. He spoke about an effort for Manafort to work with other Ukrainian politicians, as recently as 2014.  

“Paul worked harder than anybody," Devine testified. "There were emails through the night going on.” 

Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller questioned Devine for about an hour. 

Manafort's lawyers quizzed Devine about the role of Gates, whose upcoming testimony against Manafort is expected to play a key role in the prosecutors' case. Devine said Gates "did a lot of the day-to-day stuff," like arranging travel, while Manafort led the campaign strategy in Ukraine. 

The jury will gather again at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.

6:34 p.m. ET, July 31, 2018

This is the first thing prosecutors said to the jury

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz and Evan Perez

Prosecutor Uzo Asonye started the first words of the trial with this line:

"A man in this courtroom believed the law did not apply to him."

Asonye, who faced jurors, then went on to describe how Paul Manafort made $60 million in Ukraine and he didn't report it to the federal government. He described how Manafort used his own 30 bank accounts in three foreign countries to create sham loans and collect untaxed income he spent on luxury goods, like a $15,000 custom ostrich jacket, a $21,000 watch and cars.

In one piece of evidence that prosecutors will show in court, Manafort refers to a secret foreign bank account as "my account," Asonye said. Manafort and his business associates also lied on several forms sent to his tax preparers, banks and the IRS by signing documents that said the foreign accounts did not exist, he said.

"As the old adage goes, just follow the money," Asonye told the jury. "Paul Manafort orchestrated these crimes."

Manafort sat looking at his papers on the desk in front of him as Asonye called him a liar. Manafort's wife sat stoically, looking at the floor as the prosecutor attacked her husband.

5:02 p.m. ET, July 31, 2018

First witness takes the stand

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

The first witness of Paul Manafort's trial has now taken the stand.

It is Tad Devine, the Democratic political consultant who worked with Manafort in Ukraine.

He described the organization of Manafort's foreign political consulting operation, and how it included Manafort, Rick Gates and Konstantin Kilimnik. Prosecutors are questioning him, and the defense attorneys will have a chance to cross-examine him later.