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Trump Tower. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A federal judge has signed off on a forfeiture order for President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to hand over his Trump Tower condo on Fifth Avenue to the U.S. government, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Why it matters: Trump has frequently used the purported cost of the Mueller investigation, which he claims is $40 million, as a line of attack against the special counsel. But when Manafort pleaded guilty last September for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, he was forced to forfeit the assets he obtained that were "traceable to the offense." In addition to the condo, Manafort forfeited a Northwestern Mutual insurance policy and at least $11 million from his bank accounts.

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Chauvin defense closing: "Does not have to prove his innocence"

Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson opened his closing argument on Monday by reminding the jury that Derek Chauvin "does not have to prove his innocence."

Why it matters: The jury's verdict in Chauvin's murder trial is seen by advocates as one of the most crucial civil rights cases in decades.

Merrick Garland: Domestic terror is "still with us"

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In his first major speech, Attorney General Merrick Garland warned the nation Monday to remain vigilant against the rising threat of domestic extremism.

Why it matters: Domestic terrorism poses an "elevated threat" to the nation this year, according to U.S. intelligence. Garland has already pledged to crack down on violence linked to white supremacists and right-wing militia groups.