Trial Against Manafort Begins

A jury has been seated in the high-stakes trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, with opening statements set to begin as early as Tuesday afternoon.

Jury selection moved swiftly as the trial kicked off at a federal courthouse in northern Virginia, refocusing the special counsel probe for at least the next several weeks on the veteran operative’s alleged tax evasion and eye-popping spending habits – but not Russia’s 2016 election meddling.

The jury is composed of six men and six women, with four alternates.

Manafort, who arrived early in the morning in a grey van with tinted windows, wore a suit and was seated with his lawyers.