Mueller investigation

Defense rests case in Manafort trial without calling witnesses

Paul Manafort
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Paul Manafort’s defense attorneys rested their case in his fraud trial Tuesday, without calling any witnesses.

The big picture: Prosecutors working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller rested their case against Manafort on Monday after more than two weeks of presenting witnesses and evidence to illustrate how Manafort obtained millions of dollars offshore and avoided paying taxes.

Peter Strzok's GoFundMe seeks $150K to cover legal costs

Former FBI official Peter Strzok. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Former FBI official Peter Strzok. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Three days after being fired from the FBI, "friends" of former agent Peter Strzok launched a GoFundMe account seeking $150,000 to offset "Pete’s hefty – and growing – legal costs and his lost income." The account raised more than $35,000 in the first five hours.

Flashback: This is reminiscent of similar moves made by supporters or friends of other high profile officials facing mounting legal bills after being fired from the Trump administration. The family of former national security advisor Michael Flynn's family set up a legal defense fund last year to help pay for his "enormous expenses," and a GoFundMe page was launched following Trump's firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in March.