Paul Manafort found guilty on 8 counts and the internet can’t stop smirking

They don't allow ostrich jackets in prison.
They don’t allow ostrich jackets in prison.

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By Marcus Gilmer

Former Donald Trump campaign chairman and lover of ugly-but-expensive suits Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts on Tuesday, the first verdict in a case stemming from Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

Manafort was found guilty of filing false tax returns and bank fraud. While the case was a byproduct of the election meddling investigation, it centered on Manafort’s financial dealings. According to CNN, the judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts after the jury could not reach a consensus.

Manafort was initially charged with money laundering and fraud (18 counts in all) related to millions he made from working for the Ukranian government and bank loans. 

The trial had its fair share of fireworks, including plenty of chuckles about the perks of Manafort’s lavish lifestyle. Who can ever forget the infamous $15,000 ostrich jacket that was entered into evidence?

Behold. The $15,000 ostrich coat Manafort bought with an international wire transfer, according to a men’s clothier who testified today. Government exhibit pic.twitter.com/BjuQ39ZeJ0

— Kara Scannell (@KaraScannell) August 1, 2018

This trial may be over, but Manafort’s not even done; he faces another trial in D.C. in September for “money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent,” the more serious of the two cases. 

But the internet is ready to roast Manafort now and any verdict will do, it seems. 

i can’t believe Sacha Baron Cohen was Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen all along

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 21, 2018

In a scene you couldn’t script, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is found guilty on eight counts and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to eight counts within minutes of each other. Trump is on Air Force One flying to a rally in West Virginia.

— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 21, 2018

Manafort and Cohen share a cell. All Manafort wants is quiet. All Cohen wants is a friend.

— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) August 21, 2018

Now all we have to do is wait a few more weeks and we get to relive this all over again, proving that the Trump administration is one of those nightmares you never wake up from.

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