Manafort trial to focus on lavish lifestyle, not collusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will begin Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia, and you can expect to hear tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant's pocket.

What you probably won't get are answers to questions about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election. In fact, don't expect to hear any mention of Russia at all.

Paul Manafort's financial crimes trial is the first one arising from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

The trial will center on his Ukrainian consulting work and only briefly touch on his involvement with the president's campaign. But the broader implications remain.

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