>> Protestors came out on Tuesday to taunt Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, as he arrived by van to a federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort faces 18 counts of bank and tax fraud, and the first trial to arise out of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. And things are already moving along.
In the morning six men and six women were chosen for the jury, and in the afternoon they heard opening statements. Reuters' Sarah Lynch is at the court house.>> This court house in Alexandria, Virginia is known as the rock it, dock it. It is one of the fastest courts in United States for going through speedy trials.
In fact, it had been estimated to me earlier on that this could take only half a day for jury selection. And that is, in fact, what has happened here.>> In its opening statement, the prosecution said Manafort had more than 30 bank accounts in three foreign countries to receive and hide his income for work for pro-Russian Ukrainian interests.
Mueller's team has submitted a list of 35 potential witnesses and over 500 pieces of evidence which prosecutors say will show Manafort placed himself and his money above the law. In the opening statement for the defense, a lawyer for Manafort placed the blame on Manafort's former partner, Rick Gates.
The defense attorney's saying Gates, now a cooperating witness, was responsible for the financial charges against Manafort and that he embezzled money and, quote, had his hand in the cookie jar.