Paul Manafort’s Trump-Russia storage locker exposed

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The thing about court filings, particularly when heading into trial, is that they tend to put it all out in the open. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has had to make a number of things public in his recent court filings against Paul Manafort. It works both ways, as Manafort’s own court filings are beginning to reveal a number of things that Manafort didn’t want out there.

Manafort has now filed paperwork asking the trial judge to suppress evidence that came from more than twenty boxes of files that he’d stashed in a storage locker in Virginia. By making this filing, Manafort is acknowledging to the public that this storage locker, whose contents rather obviously relate to the Trump-Russia scandal charges against him, exists. This reveals two things. The first is that Manafort is now backed into such a corner that he’s reduced to asking the judge to rule out the evidence that Mueller has obtained against him, which gives away how damning that evidence is. The second is that it gives us a peek into this storage locker.

For instance, one box has the name “Jules Nasso” written on the outside of it, according to the court filings. We know that Jules Nasso once pleaded guilty to threatening Steven Seagal on behalf of the Gambino crime family. What does this have to do with Paul Manafort? Looks like we’re about to find out. Another of Manafort’s boxes is labeled “Ukraine campaign.” That’s fairly self explanatory, considering the political work that Manafort did for the Kremlin in Ukraine just before he became Donald Trump’s campaign chairman.

In other words, because Paul Manafort has opted to go to trial, instead of cutting a plea deal like most others arrested in the Trump-Russia scandal have done, we’re going to see a whole lot of secrets come out. Now we know Manafort had some kind of Trump-Russia storage locker tied to Ukraine. What next?

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