Paul Manafort’s Trial Coming Up
Paul Manafort’s trial begins next week and Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed his list of witnesses, thirty-five in total, that he expects to testify. Of course, on that list is Rick Gates, Manafort’s former business partner and friend that has already pled guilty and has been cooperating with Mueller.
Gates pled guilty to two charges: “impeding, impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, and making false statements to the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller.
The confrontation will not only make for great courtroom drama, but also the testimony of Tad Devine who was a former political consultant and strategist on Bernie Sanders’ campaign, which no doubt will result in Trump tweeting as fast as he can that the Democrats are the ones that colluded with Russia in the “witch hunt.”
From the witnesses list, it seems that prosecutors will try to shock the jury with Manafort’s spending as that goes hand-in-hand with the charges he is facing.
Thus, prosecutors will paint a picture that Manafort was involved in financial fraud in order to fund his extravagant lifestyle that is worthy of a segment on Robin Leach’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Recent reports has his income from the Ukraine in the amount of $60 million.
For example, Max Katzman is the son and business partner of one of Manafort’s tailors. You already know the question in advance- how much does each suit cost and how many suits did Manafort buy?
A court filing shows that Manafort spent $18,000 on a karaoke machine. I had no idea a karaoke machine could cost so much, so now you can imagine the reaction of jurors when they hear that evidence.
In total, there are 474 pages of exhibits which includes photos of Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, the President of Ukraine that Manafort helped get elected since he was hired to work on his campaign. The photos were of commercials used to create a positive image of Yanukovych.
Opening arguments are scheduled for July 31. Jury selection started last week with a pool of seventy potential jurors.
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