Category Archives: Paul ‘Putin’s Pal’ Manafort

Anticipation

The Lyin’, the Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe Friday, the jurors in the Manafort trial told Judge Ellis that they had not reached a verdict and wanted to go home for the weekend (they asked if they could leave early: … Continue reading

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The Lyin’, the Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe

Last night I was in a twitter chat room where good liberals were worried that there was not already a verdict in the Manafort trial. The concern begins with a note that one of the jurors sent to Judge Ellis … Continue reading

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The Lyin’, the Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe: Closing Arguments

And on the 12th day, they had their closing arguments, 2-hours each. The prosecution essentially said that the documents make the case, pay attention to that. The Defense said that the witnesses were unreliable. Then Judge Ellis spent nearly as … Continue reading

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The Defense Rests…

The Lyin’, the Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe …without calling any witnesses. Which is not surprising when you think about it. (“How dare you cheat on MY TAXES!) All they can do is hope that they have impugned the integrity … Continue reading

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The Lyin’, the Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe: Day 10

James Brennan of Federal Savings Bank, put the finishing touches on how his bank’s founder and chairman, Stephen Calk, assisted in Manafort’s fraud by pushing $16 million in loans the bank knew were too risky to give. And we see … Continue reading

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The Lyin’, the Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe: Day 9

Friday the trial began close to four (4!) hours late. Judge Ellis called both counsels up the the bench, twice, and then broke to “consider the issue” —so what was supposed to be a short break turned into an hour … Continue reading

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The Lyin’, the Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe: Day 8

The famously cranky Judge Ellis took ANOTHER potshot at Team Mueller: The prosecution spent about 40 minutes Thursday afternoon questioning a bank employee about Manafort’s unsuccessful effort to get a $5.5 million construction loan on a Brooklyn brownstone, only to … Continue reading

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The Lyin’, the Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe: Day 6

As you may recall, yesterday we predicted that Team Manafort was going to try to smear Rick Gates’ already smeared reputation, implying infidelities and so on. We predicted it wouldn’t work, and well… Manafort’s atty Kevin Downing: “After all the … Continue reading

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The Lyin’, The Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe — Day 4

The accountants talked, and well, zzzz. No stories of crazed haberdashery and animal-based tacky couture today. SAD! Anyway the take-away is that Manafort (and at least one ethics-lite accountant testifying under immunity) concealed many bank accounts from offshore bank havens. … Continue reading

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The Lyin’, The Witch Hunt, and the Wardrobe: Day 3

[Click here for Day One and Day Two recaps.] All you need to know about the Wardrobe portion of our title is here, or as I like to think of it, expensive bad taste–meets–petting zoo. …and less you think that … Continue reading

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