It’s All Rick Gate’s Fault
Day One of Paul Manafort’s Trial
I think it is safe to say that a trial on money laundering has never garnered so much attention, but, such is politics in today’s world.
Moving fast, that’s for sure, Paul Manafort’s trial began earlier today. Now, as I have said an endless amount of times on my blogs and social media; if the law is not on your side, argue the facts. If the facts are not on your side, argue the law. If neither, get on your knees and pray.
As expected, prosecutors will blame Paul Manafort, who else could be responsible? However, his defense team is blaming his business associate Rick Gates. And I quote: “Gates had his hand in the cookie jar,” said defense attorney Thomas Zehnle.
Is that possible? Of course, Gates did plea guilty to making false statements and conspiracy against the United States. Gates is also cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but is that enough?
Manafort is on trial for eighteen counts of bank and tax fraud. Prosecutors allege Manafort laundered $30 million while working for Ukrainian politicians and earned as much as $60 million overall. Now, go back to paragraph two on the facts and the law.
The law is no doubt against Manafort. The facts, too since you cannot hide the paper trial. So, get on your knees and pray.
Of course, while blaming Gates is textbook legal strategy, look at this from another perspective: Manafort didn’t know or couldn’t figure out what his partner was doing? An attorney and political strategist with world-wide connections known as being the best at what he does? I think any jury would have a hard time believing that, especially with Manafort’s track record of success as a top-notch political consultant that all of a sudden is gullible.
Today, the first witness took the stand, Tad Devine who worked with Manafort in the Ukraine. Devine is a Democratic political consultant who worked as chief strategist on Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign.
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