Clarence Thomas hearing witness: Let's not do 1991 all over again

A Supreme Court nominee with an abysmal record on protecting women’s and civil rights stands poised to be confirmed by the Senate. Women’s and civil society organizations have loudly declared that his confirmation would be detrimental to working people and the economically vulnerable. His record on a woman’s right to abortion and on agency over our bodies threatens to gut Roe v. Wade and eradicate women’s reproductive rights.


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Manafort trial – live updates: Witness testimony resumes after mystery over Judge TS Ellis' call for surprise three-hour recess

Manafort trial - live updates: Witness testimony resumes after mystery over Judge TS Ellis' call for surprise three-hour recessThe trial of Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Donald Trump campaign, resumes once more today in Virginia. The case, now entering its ninth day, is the first to result from charges brought by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into possible Russian election meddling. Mr Manafort, who stepped down from the Trump team in August 2016 after being accused of receiving $12m off the books to promote Ukraine’s pro-Russia president Viktor Yanukovych (prior to his being forced out of Kiev by revolution), was indicted on 12 counts in October 2017, rising to 32 in February.


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Manafort trial defense chips away at credibility of star witness Gates

Manafort trial defense chips away at credibility of star witness GatesBy Sarah N. Lynch, Nathan Layne and Karen Freifeld ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign aide Rick Gates testified for a third day on Wednesday at the trial of his former boss Paul Manafort, whose lawyers chipped away at his credibility for admitting he lied and stole money. Gates’ testimony, which began on Monday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, ended Wednesday morning soon after Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing had asked Gates if his “secret life” spanned the years 2010 to 2014. Downing spent several hours on Tuesday firing questions at Gates to impugn his credibility and paint him as a liar, asking about everything from his extramarital affair in London and funds he embezzled from Manafort, to questions on whether he may have crossed the line by submitting personal expenses when he worked for Republican candidate Trump’s inaugural committee.


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Manafort defense questions star witness Gates about 'secret life'

Manafort defense questions star witness Gates about 'secret life'By Sarah N. Lynch, Nathan Layne and Karen Freifeld ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – The star witness in the trial against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faced tough questioning on cross-examination on Tuesday about a “secret life” that included an extramarital affair and stealing funds from his former boss. Rick Gates, who served as a right-hand man to Manafort in his political consulting business for a decade, acknowledged maintaining a flat in London for the affair, inflating expense reports and a long list of other misdeeds. Under questioning by defense attorney Kevin Downing on Tuesday, Gates acknowledged writing a fraudulent letter to prospective investors in a movie project and possibly submitting personal expenses to Trump’s inaugural committee for reimbursement.


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