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The Wall Street Journal: High stakes for Mueller’s Russia probe as Manafort trial set to begin

The first trial from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is set to begin Tuesday in Alexandria, Va., in what will serve as a major test of Mueller’s 14-month effort that has overshadowed the Trump presidency.

While Mueller has been examining Russian interference in the 2016 election — resulting in charges against 25 Russians and four former advisers to President Donald Trump — the case against Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chief, will delve into Manafort’s personal finances largely before his work on the campaign.

A conviction would provide Mueller momentum as he pushes to complete the investigation amid criticism from some Republicans that he is leading a partisan inquiry.

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