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Bookkeeper Testifies Manafort Was Broke in 2016

On the third day of Paul Manafort’s trial, testimony from his longtime bookkeeper Heather Washkuhn revealed Manafort was broke in 2016 and as a result, he lied to banks.

CNN reports:

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s longtime bookkeeper testified Thursday that Manafort was in serious financial trouble in 2016 after his lobbying business dried up, and he and his deputy Rick Gates sent several fake, inflated income business statements to banks.

In one email from Washkuhn, the bookkeeper advised needed $120,000 for personal bills. In another, he warned he needed cash to pay property taxes.

Testimony also revealed more on Manafort’s lavish spending habits, including spending $425,000 on landscaping in addition to his expensive wardrobe.

In both cases, his bills were paid with foreign wire transfers.

Speaking on CNN on Thursday, Justice Correspondent Jessica Schneider also noted that the timing of Manafort’s cash flow problem is significant because, in her words, “That was around the time he offered to work for the Trump campaign for free.”

Watch more above, via CNN.

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