The trial for President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has just begun and it is looking like it will be a real nail-biter if the start is any indication.
From Biz Pac Review:
An early sign of this could be seen in a tweet from CBS News reporter Paula Reid.
“JUST IN: No deal. Manafort attorney Kevin Downing tells me ‘No chance!’ his client will cooperate with Special Counsel in order to avoid trial today,” Reid tweeted.
Then the judge had to chastise Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors after they tried to attack Manafort for living an “extravagant lifestyle.”
Manafort lived an “extravagant lifestyle” fueled by “secret income” that he earned from his lobbying in Ukraine, said Uzo Asonye, a prosecutor working on the case with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Manafort became wealthy from the “cash spigot” that came from working for his “golden goose in Ukraine,” former President Viktor Yanukovych, Asonye said.
The opening statement indicated that prosecutors plan to put Manafort’s wealth on trial as a key element of their case, arguing he funded his lavish spending habits by breaking the law.
And that drew the judge’s admonition.
The approach highlighting Manafort’s wealth drew an interruption from Judge T.S. Ellis, according to Associated Press reporter Erick Tucker.
“Interesting moment occurred in government opening statement as prosecutor rattled off Manafort’s life of luxury. Judge interrupted: ‘It isn’t a crime to have a lot of money and be profligate in your spending,’” he tweeted.
It isn’t a crime to have money but according to the left anything that is against Hillary and the New World Order is which is why they are going after anyone connected to Trump full throttle.