It turns out a $15,000 ostrich jacket is neither a good look in the fashion sense nor in the defense-against-criminal-charges sense, as federal prosecutors mount their case against Paul Manafort for both money laundering and having bad taste.
Manafort's voluntary ownership of the $15,000 ostrich jacket was revealed by prosecutors Wednesday. They say Trump’s now-disgraced former campaign manager spent about $102,000 on suits, coats, and jackets at a luxury menswear store in just one day in 2013. But despite the $15,000 sticker price, the jacket that Manafort bought actually looks like this:
Manafort’s decidedly unimpressive jacket was the centerpiece of the opening statement from Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye, who accused Manafort of avoiding taxes to spend money he made working for politicians in Ukraine on all sorts of extravagant purchases. Manafort, the prosecutor said, “got whatever he wanted." And he wanted ostrich: prosecutors also pointed to a separate $9,500 ostrich vest that Manafort bought in 2011.
Here are some other designer clothes Manafort bought with his fortune:
Prosecutors have accused Manafort of using foreign wire transfers from offshore accounts to hide the money he amassed from his political consulting gig in Ukraine and avoid taxation. He's been charged with a slew of felonies, including several counts of bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy. And Manafort is actually facing two trials — the first happening now in Virginia, and another in Washington, D.C., in September. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Cover image: Manafort trial evidence