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President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington DC on June 15. On the second day of his trial, prosecutors detailed some of Manafort's lavish expenses as they accused him of avoiding taxes and hiding millions of dollars in income. Photo Ken Cedeno/UPI

By Ray Downs, UPI

Federal prosecutors began their second day in the trial against veteran lobbyist and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is facing financial fraud charges stemming from actions taken before the 2016 presidential election.

Prosecutors argued that Manafort attempted to avoid taxes and hide income by routing funds from overseas accounts directly to vendors in the United States, including $900,000 to a men's clothing store over the course of five years.

Manafort's taste in expensive menswear was part of the prosecution's strategy to depict him as a tax dodging spendthrift and they attempted to show jurors photos of his wardrobe, but Judge T. S. Ellis III of the United States District Court in Alexandria, Va. wouldn't allow it.

[post_ads]"Enough is enough," Ellis told Uzo Asonye, one of the prosecutors working under the special counsel, Robert Mueller, The New York Times reported. "We don't convict people because they have a lot of money and throw it around."

Defense attorneys for Manafort, who is facing 32 counts of financial fraud charges for not paying taxes while working as a political strategist in Ukraine, revealed that they plan to blame at least some of the charges of Manafort's former associate, Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty to charges of financial fraud and lying to investigators in February and is reportedly cooperating with prosecutors in the case against Manafort.

But prosecutors said they might not call him to testify.

"He may testify, he may not," Asonye said, according to ABC News.

Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted about Manafort's trial and continued to dismiss it as a political stunt in retalliation for his winning of the 2016 presidential election.

"Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and 'Public Enemy Number One,' or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement - although convicted of nothing? Where is the Russian Collusion?" Trump wrote.

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