Trump’s former campaign manager faces 30 years on each count of bank fraud and tax evasion
Media set up microphones in front of the United States District Court in Alexandria, Virginia where President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort stands trial July 31, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
The defense team for Paul Manafort made its message to the jury loud and clear in its opening statement Tuesday: Paul Manafort isn’t your man — Rick Gates, his longtime right-hand man, is the culprit.
“We’re primarily here because of one man: that man is Rick Gates,” Thomas Zehnle, one of Manafort’s attorneys, said Tuesday afternoon.