As the Manafort trial continues and Rick Gates prepares to testify, I wanted to flag some key connections, transfers of money and more that we should keep in mind with respect Manafort, Rick Gates and their common patron, the private equity and real estate mogul Tom Barrack.
We’ve discussed Barrack before. He’s that rare Trump confidante who seems actually to have earned his money more or less legitimately and be a seriously successful businessman in a way that Trump never was. He was a major surrogate for Trump on the campaign trail. He’s still apparently a confidante.