Manafort’s clothing tab: $1.3 million (Politico)

Manafort’s clothing tab: $1.3 million

Manafort’s clothing tab: $1.3 million

10/30/2017 02:36 PM EDT

Paul Manafort spent more than $1.3 million on clothing alone as part of the “lavish lifestyle” described in the indictment brought against him Monday by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The indictment against the former Trump campaign chairman, which resulted from Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign and Russian election interference, lists transfers from offshore accounts totaling $849,215 to a “Men’s Clothing Store in New York” and $520,440 to a “Clothing Store in Beverly Hills, California” over the course of roughly six years, comprising $1,369,655 of the more than $75 million of illicit funds in question.

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According to one November 2010 outlay to the Beverly Hills clothing store, Manafort spent $128,280.

Manafort and Trump campaign official Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts, according to a 31-page indictment unsealed on Monday morning, including money laundering, operating as unregistered foreign agents of the government of Ukraine, failing to disclose overseas bank accounts and making false statements to federal authorities in conjunction with their work lobbying for Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych.

Manafort’s spending ranged beyond well-tailored suits. The indictment lists nearly $1 million in spending at an “Antique Rug Store in Alexandria, Virginia,” as well as a total of $820,240 with two different landscapers in the Hamptons. Over $1.3 million was spent with a “Home Automation, Lighting, and Home Entertainment Company in Florida.”

Manafort’s love of fine clothes was highlighted after the FBI’s unannounced raid on his home last summer. The New York Times noted in their report on the raid that FBI agents photographed a collection of expensive suits hanging in his closet, leading former Trump adviser Roger Stone to label the treatment “outrageous.”

Facing reporters after his September testimony before the House Intelligence Committee regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election, Stone remarked that the agents “not only took away two folders of documents, all of which they already had, but they photographed all of his custom Italian suits in his closet.”

Stone said he “[could not] imagine for what reason” it was done.

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via Politico

October 30, 2017 at 11:40AM

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