As we (and everyone else prognosticated) the day’s proceedings began with the defense trying to sabotage Rick Gates’ admittedly questionable integrity. Which went exactly where we predicted: titillation about Gates’ extramarital infidelities, and were stopped by Judge Ellis.
The defense accused Gates of all sorts of shameful behaviors, and Gates happily admitted to all of them, thus proving that you cannot shame the shameless. And oddly it left one with the feeling that Gates was probably forthright and telling the truth.
Then boring, non-salacious testimony from the IRS depicted how Manafort’s
lap dance money went from Ukraine to offshore accounts to the bad-taste petting-zoo wardrobe: ostrich- and python-skin jackets.
The dots be connected.
The prosecution is expected to conclude today (or Friday), and then the defense begins.