The Lyin’, The Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe

“I hear Curaçao is nice.”

Comrade Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial on 18 charges of tax evasion, bank fraud and conspiracy got off to a rollicking start yesterday.

Lead prosecutor Uzo Asonye alleges Manafort relied on a life of crime to fund a lifestyle that included seven homes, fancy cars, and a tacky $15,000 ostrich skin jacket. (OK, he didn’t say tacky, but have you ever seen an ostrich skin jacket?)

When Asonye dwelt on Manafort’s wealth, Ellis chided the prosecutor.

“It isn’t a crime to have a lot of money,” the judge said.

Asonye said that he will show that Manafort didn’t pay the taxes he owed, and that was the crime.

Asonye also said that Manafort pulled this off by lying to his bookkeeper, his tax preparer, the IRS, and his banks.

Thomas Zehnle, the defense attorney suggested that Manafort’s business partner Rick Gates is a untrustworthy liar, a crook who embezzled millions from him. Now, that may or may not be true, but it doesn’t mean Manafort didn’t evade paying taxes. Anyway, it seems clear that the defense is going to sow doubt about Gates.

And that’s where things stand today.

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19 Responses to The Lyin’, The Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe

  1. RWW says:

    Gates was Manafort’s protege… who taught him how to embezzle?

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    • Lulymay says:

      Yep ,typical defence for liars and crooks when they get ID’d and it goes something like “But, but, we’re no worse than anybody else!”

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    • Yeah, but it gets kind undermined by the “Here can you please forge this loan application a little better Rick because I are an Old and can’t even Adobe?” emails we already know about.

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  2. osirisopto says:

    And that explains yesterdays parade of amazingly shiny objects.

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  3. roket says:

    Thomas Zehnle suggestion also sounds like the pot calling the kettle black. Guess who else is an untrustworthy liar, a crook who embezzled millions.

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  4. Jim says:

    The defense is utterly ridiculous, essentially their saying Manafort had no idea how he got that $65 million – must have been Gates who arranged for all this money and the condos and wardrobe and the Bank of Cyprus laundering. No jury is going to buy any of this crap.

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  5. Karla says:

    I love the title of this post so much. It’s perfect.

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