What spectators won't hear much about is his time running Trump's presidential campaign or attempts to prove he colluded with Russian officials to influence the election.
Prosecutors preparing witnesses for the upcoming trial of President Donald Trump's one-time campaign chairman Paul J. Manafort are advising them to avoid mentioning Trump's name, ABC News has learned.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., for a hearing on June 15.
Manafort has been charged with four counts of bank fraud and five counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Here are some of the key players in the case against Manafort, 69, a veteran Washington political operative who briefly managed Trump's campaign from May to August 2016.
In pretrial arguments, prosecutor Greg Andres told the court the government would only bring up Manafort's campaign work in the context of a witness from a bank who gave him a loan, with the expectation that the banker would win consideration for a post in the Trump administration. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors allege that Manafort hid income he earned through political consulting for Yanukovych and funneled it through offshore accounts. They secured the loans by inflating Manafort and DMP's income and not disclosing their debt, according to the indictment.
Mr Manafort faces a second trial in September on charges related to his lobbying work in Ukraine. "With a northern Virginia jury, they know they may not be kindly disposed to the president". "It's the way our system works".
Mr Manafort took over as chairman of the Trump campaign in May 2016 and aimed to present a more thoughtful candidate, who stuck to scripts instead of ad-libbing in campaign rallies.
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It's a risky move and some say, if he's convicted, he's betting on a presidential pardon.
Plus, an American public that sees a positive public display of how the special counsel's team is handling themselves "will make it much more hard for Trump to smear these prosecutors in the way he has previously". Other targets in the probe might also feel less pressure to co-operate in exchange for immunity. "It calls into question the credibility of the probe".
His lawyers are seeking to exclude evidence at trial that details Mr Manafort's political lobbying work in Ukraine, saying it would be "irrelevant, prejudicial and unnecessarily time-consuming". He will testify as a fact witness in the trial. "It's hard in the context of white-collar crime to commit a crime yourself; it's more often a group of people working together for bank fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion", he said.
Prosecutors plan to produce almost three dozen witnesses during the trial, including Manafort's former associate Richard Gates, who is cooperating with the government after pleading guilty to lesser charges in February. It was unclear if his role would surface during the first trial in Virginia.
The requests to postpone could be a sign he's anxious, some legal experts have said.
Trump has repeatedly denounced the special counsel's investigation as a politically motivated "witch hunt" and denied there was any collusion with Moscow to defeat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Manafort had been under house arrest, wearing two ankle bracelets to monitor his whereabouts for both of his criminal trials. Federal prosecutors accused him of witness tampering after the witnesses revealed text messages to the FBI.
The decision to drop the appeal comes one day before Manafort's criminal trial is scheduled to begin in Virginia federal court. "I really hope the president continues to watch and make public comments about this case". "I've got my odds on that one".