Prosecutors Call Witnesses To Demonstrate Paul Manafort’s Lavish Lifestyle | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

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    OF THE PEOPLE? >>, I DO NOT.
    >>, I DO NOT. >> SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT TODAY.
    >> SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT TODAY. FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN
    FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PAUL MANAFORT IS ON TRIAL.
    PAUL MANAFORT IS ON TRIAL. CHARGES PREDATE THE TRUMP
    CHARGES PREDATE THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN BUT COULD HAVE
    CAMPAIGN BUT COULD HAVE RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE CAMPAIGN
    RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE CAMPAIGN IF HE IS CONVICTED AND COULD
    IF HE IS CONVICTED AND COULD FACE UP TO 10 YEARS.
    FACE UP TO 10 YEARS. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME
    LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME EVIDENCE PRESENTED BY THE
    EVIDENCE PRESENTED BY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AGAINST PAUL
    SPECIAL COUNSEL AGAINST PAUL MANAFORT.
    MANAFORT. CASE STANDS ON TWO BASIC LEGS.
    CASE STANDS ON TWO BASIC LEGS. ONE THAT MANAFORT MADE TENS OF
    ONE THAT MANAFORT MADE TENS OF MILLIONS WORKING FOR UKRAINIAN
    MILLIONS WORKING FOR UKRAINIAN POLITICIANS AND RUSSIAN
    POLITICIANS AND RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS THAT HE NEVER PAID
    OLIGARCHS THAT HE NEVER PAID TAXES ON AND TWO THAT HE TOOK
    TAXES ON AND TWO THAT HE TOOK OUT FRAUDULENT LOANS FROM U.S.
    OUT FRAUDULENT LOANS FROM U.S. BANKS.
    BANKS. MANAFORT SPENT UPWARD OF THERE
    MANAFORT SPENT UPWARD OF THERE IS 14 MILLION TO BUY SEVERAL
    IS 14 MILLION TO BUY SEVERAL PROPERTIES IN ALEXANDRIA,
    PROPERTIES IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, LANDSCAPING,
    VIRGINIA, LANDSCAPING, HOUSEKEEPING AND HOME
    HOUSEKEEPING AND HOME IMPROVEMENTS DONE TO BOOST THE
    IMPROVEMENTS DONE TO BOOST THE VALUE OF THE HOMES.
    VALUE OF THE HOMES. THEN ALLEGEDLY INFLATED HIS
    THEN ALLEGEDLY INFLATED HIS WORTH ON LOAN APPLICATIONS LIKE
    WORTH ON LOAN APPLICATIONS LIKE THIS ONE, TAKING OUT EVEN MORE
    THIS ONE, TAKING OUT EVEN MORE MONEY.
    MONEY. AS THE SPECIALTY COUNSEL PUT IT,
    AS THE SPECIALTY COUNSEL PUT IT, HE CREATED CASH OUT OF THIN AIR.
    HE CREATED CASH OUT OF THIN AIR. HE SPENT MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION
    HE SPENT MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION AT CLOTHING STORES IN NEW YORK
    AT CLOTHING STORES IN NEW YORK AND
    AND AND -- BEVERLY HILLS.
    AND -- BEVERLY HILLS. THIS IS A PYTHON JACKET, $18,000
    THIS IS A PYTHON JACKET, $18,000 JACKET.
    JACKET. AND, BY THE WAY, THAT'S NOT ALL.
    AND, BY THE WAY, THAT'S NOT ALL. I'M GOING TO SWIPE THIS OVER TO
    I'M GOING TO SWIPE THIS OVER TO THE NEXT ONE SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT
    THE NEXT ONE SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT A $15,000 OSTRICH JACKET LOOKS
    A $15,000 OSTRICH JACKET LOOKS LIKE.
    LIKE. HERE'S THE PROBLEM.
    HERE'S THE PROBLEM. EVERYBODY CAN LIVE WHATEVER
    EVERYBODY CAN LIVE WHATEVER LIFESTYLE THEY WANT BUT THIS ONE
    LIFESTYLE THEY WANT BUT THIS ONE WAS NEARLY TAX FREE.
    WAS NEARLY TAX FREE. JOINING KNEEME NOW LIVE OUTSIDE
    JOINING KNEEME NOW LIVE OUTSIDE COURT.
    COURT. KEN, GOOD TO SEE YOU.
    KEN, GOOD TO SEE YOU. YOU'VE BEEN OUT THERE.
    YOU'VE BEEN OUT THERE. OUTSIDE THERE SINCE THE
    OUTSIDE THERE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS TRIAL.
    BEGINNING OF THIS TRIAL. WHAT'S THE EARLY TAKE ON HOW
    WHAT'S THE EARLY TAKE ON HOW IT'S GOING?
    IT'S GOING? >> Reporter: WELL, YOU NEVER NOW
    >> Reporter: WELL, YOU NEVER NOW HOW A JURY IS PROCESSING THIS,
    HOW A JURY IS PROCESSING THIS, BUT THE EVIDENCE FROM WHERE I
    BUT THE EVIDENCE FROM WHERE I SIT LOOKS OVERWHELMING.
    SIT LOOKS OVERWHELMING. IT'S IN BLACK AND WHITE, IN THE
    IT'S IN BLACK AND WHITE, IN THE SOCK
    SOCK DOCUMENTS.
    DOCUMENTS. FOR ALL THE PURCHASES YOU'RE
    FOR ALL THE PURCHASES YOU'RE DESCRIBING AND MANY MORE, FOR
    DESCRIBING AND MANY MORE, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WAS JUST A
    EXAMPLE, THERE WAS JUST A WITNESS WHO SAID THAT MANAFORT
    WITNESS WHO SAID THAT MANAFORT SPEND $2.2 MILLION ON HOME
    SPEND $2.2 MILLION ON HOME AUTOMATION SERVICES, AND SORT OF
    AUTOMATION SERVICES, AND SORT OF INTERNET AND TELEVISION
    INTERNET AND TELEVISION CONNECTIONS AT HIS VARIOUS
    CONNECTIONS AT HIS VARIOUS HOMES.
    HOMES. OVER FOUR YEARS.
    OVER FOUR YEARS. FOR EACH OF THESE TRANSACTIONS,
    FOR EACH OF THESE TRANSACTIONS, THE GOVERNMENT IS SWING THE
    THE GOVERNMENT IS SWING THE MONEY WAS WIRED FROM THESE
    MONEY WAS WIRED FROM THESE ACCOUNTS AND LLC's IN CYPRESS
    ACCOUNTS AND LLC's IN CYPRESS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ALLEGED WAS
    WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ALLEGED WAS PARKED THERE TO AVOID TAXES.
    PARKED THERE TO AVOID TAXES. THEY'RE LATER GOING TO SHOW HE
    THEY'RE LATER GOING TO SHOW HE CHECKED THE BOX THAT SAID HE DID
    CHECKED THE BOX THAT SAID HE DID NOT HAVE CONTROL OF FOREIGN
    NOT HAVE CONTROL OF FOREIGN ACCOUNTS.
    ACCOUNTS. THAT'S IR REFUTABLE.
    THAT'S IR REFUTABLE. THE DEFENSE FROM THE OPENING
    THE DEFENSE FROM THE OPENING STATEMENTS ARE GOING TO STAY HE
    STATEMENTS ARE GOING TO STAY HE DIDN'T MEAN TO FILL IT OUT
    DIDN'T MEAN TO FILL IT OUT INCORRECTLY, RELIED ON
    INCORRECTLY, RELIED ON ACCOUNTANTS AND ADVISERS, TRYING
    ACCOUNTANTS AND ADVISERS, TRYING TO BLAME RICK GATES, HIS RIGHT
    TO BLAME RICK GATES, HIS RIGHT HAND MAN.
    HAND MAN. IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE HOW THAT'S
    IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE HOW THAT'S GOING TO FLY.
    GOING TO FLY. >> LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS.
    >> LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS. SOMEBODY ON THE JURY MAY SAY
    SOMEBODY ON THE JURY MAY SAY YOU'RE PICKING ON THE GUY FOR
    YOU'RE PICKING ON THE GUY FOR BUYING OSTRICH JACKETS AND
    BUYING OSTRICH JACKETS AND HAVING A LOT OF HOUSES.
    HAVING A LOT OF HOUSES. CAN THEY NOT MAKE THEIR CASE
    CAN THEY NOT MAKE THEIR CASE WITHOUT SAYING THIS LAVISH
    WITHOUT SAYING THIS LAVISH LIFESTYLE WAS PAID FOR BY EITHER
    LIFESTYLE WAS PAID FOR BY EITHER ILL GOTTEN MEANS OR TAXES WERE
    ILL GOTTEN MEANS OR TAXES WERE NOT PAID?
    NOT PAID? >> KEEP IN MIND YOU'RE ASKING A
    >> KEEP IN MIND YOU'RE ASKING A DEFENSE ATTORNEY, BUT I AGREE,
    DEFENSE ATTORNEY, BUT I AGREE, THIS IS GOVERNMENT OVERKILL TO
    THIS IS GOVERNMENT OVERKILL TO THE DEGREE THEY'RE SHOWING ALL
    THE DEGREE THEY'RE SHOWING ALL OF THIS EVIDENCE OF A LAVISH
    OF THIS EVIDENCE OF A LAVISH LIFESTYLE.
    LIFESTYLE. IT IS, ADMISSIBLE, HOWEVER TO
    IT IS, ADMISSIBLE, HOWEVER TO SHOW HE HAD A MOTIVE TO KEEP UP
    SHOW HE HAD A MOTIVE TO KEEP UP THIS LIFESTYLE.
    THIS LIFESTYLE. MOTIVE WAS TO HAVE ILL-GOTTEN
    MOTIVE WAS TO HAVE ILL-GOTTEN GAINS, TO RECEIVE HIS MONEY
    GAINS, TO RECEIVE HIS MONEY WITHOUT PAYING TAXES ON IT.
    WITHOUT PAYING TAXES ON IT. HOWEVER, AND EVEN THE JUDGE HAS
    HOWEVER, AND EVEN THE JUDGE HAS POINTED THIS OUT.
    POINTED THIS OUT. IF IT CROSSES OVER INTO A FORM
    IF IT CROSSES OVER INTO A FORM OF HEY, JURY, LOOK AT THIS RICH
    OF HEY, JURY, LOOK AT THIS RICH GUY AND HATE HIM BECAUSE HE HAS
    GUY AND HATE HIM BECAUSE HE HAS A LOT OF MONEY, THAT'S NOT A
    A LOT OF MONEY, THAT'S NOT A PROCEDURE PURPOSE FOR THE
    PROCEDURE PURPOSE FOR THE EVIDENCE.
    EVIDENCE. SO THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO WALK
    SO THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO WALK THE LINE.
    THE LINE. BUT, IT JUST SHOWS -- I WROTE A
    BUT, IT JUST SHOWS -- I WROTE A COLUMN ABOUT THIS -- THAT THE
    COLUMN ABOUT THIS -- THAT THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS CASE, WANTS A
    GOVERNMENT IN THIS CASE, WANTS A WIN BADLY.
    WIN BADLY. THAT'S WHY THEY CHARGE CRIMES
    THAT'S WHY THEY CHARGE CRIMES LIKE TAX PERJURY, LIGHTER
    LIKE TAX PERJURY, LIGHTER BURDEN, EASIER TO PROVE AND EVEN
    BURDEN, EASIER TO PROVE AND EVEN WITH ALL OF THIS DOCUMENTARY
    WITH ALL OF THIS DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE, THIS OVERWHELMING
    EVIDENCE, THIS OVERWHELMING AVALANCHE OF DATA AGAINST PAUL
    AVALANCHE OF DATA AGAINST PAUL MANAFORT IN BLACK AND WHITE,
    MANAFORT IN BLACK AND WHITE, THEY STILL TROT IN THE EVIDENCE
    THEY STILL TROT IN THE EVIDENCE OF THIS LIFESTYLE JUST TO PUT
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