Team Mueller Paints Paul Manafort as Ostrich-Coated Tax Cheat
Please allow the feds to introduce Paul Manafort as a man of wealth and taste.
After months of scandal, rumor, and court filings, it’s the first day of the first trial in the Russia investigation and it began with Paul Manafort, a consulting gig in Ukraine, and a $15,000 ostrich coat. U.S. v. Manafort has officially begun. So how did the first day go?
Welcome to Rabbit Hole.
Theory of the case: The Manafort charges involve a dizzying array financial transactions and offshore front companies, but the stories put forth by both prosecutors and Manafort’s attorneys are quite simple. The feds say he and his buddy hid $30,000,000 from the tax man and lied about how they got it; Manafort’s team says the feds have the wrong guy and he’s the real victim here.