The federal government has put Paul Manafort’s New York City loft on the market for more than $3.6 million.
The apartment, located on Howard Street in Manhattan’s posh SoHo neighborhood, was one of five properties forfeited by the former Trump campaign manager as part of his plea agreement in September 2018.
The listing describes the 2,000 square foot apartment as a “classic full-floor SoHo loft in a rare 5-unit condo” building with “remarkable open sky and city views looking north up coveted Crosby St. in one of Downtown’s hottest locations.”
It comes with a “key-locked elevator that opens directly into the loft’s enormous entertaining space,” and was recently renovated.
Other highlighted features include walnut floors, central A/C, exposed brick, a new kitchen and — a New York luxury — an in-unit washer and dryer.
Manafort, 70, is serving a 7 1/2-year federal prison sentence. He was charged in two federal courts as part of the Mueller investigation.
In September, he agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation in a federal case in Washington, D.C., and pleaded guilty to two counts: one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and another count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Four months later, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team told a judge that Manafort should no longer get credit for cooperating, saying Manafort had lied to investigators about a $125,000 payment he received in 2017, his conversations with a former associate who’s been accused of being a Russian intelligence operative, contacts with administration officials, and an unspecified ongoing investigation.
Manafort was previously convicted in an Alexandria, Virginia federal court in August on eight counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and hiding foreign bank accounts after a multi-week trial. The trial included FBI agent testimony that Manafort had “closets full” of suits, and prosecutors presented invoices for bespoke suits totaling $66,000.
The Marshals listing for his former apartment in SoHo notes that “the fabulous master suite boasts an enormous walk-in closet.”
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Republicans trash Hunter Biden at Judiciary Committee meeting on impeachment
Republicans dragged Hunter Biden’s name through the mud Thursday at the House Judiciary Committee meeting on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., recounted Biden’s admitted past drug abuse — which quickly backfired when Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., hinted at the Florida lawmaker’s own past substance abuse problems.
During the committee meeting, Gaetz introduced an amendment to strike a reference of former Vice President Joe Biden from the articles of impeachment and put in Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, and Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of that company.
Gaetz then read aloud from an extensive profile of Hunter Biden in The New Yorker, which detailed Biden’s past drug abuse and an incident in which he crashed a rental car and an official from the company found “a crack pipe in the car and, on one of the consoles, a line of white-powder residue.”
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“I don’t want to make light of anyone’s substance abuse issues … but it’s a little hard to believe that Burisma hired Hunter Biden to resolve their international disputes when he could not resolve his own dispute with Hertz rental car over leaving cocaine and a crack pipe in the car,” Gaetz said.
Johnson, D-Ga., shot back and hinted at Gaetz’s 2008 arrest on charges of driving under the influence.
“The pot calling the kettle black is not something we should do,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what members have had problems with substance abuse, been busted for DUI — I don’t know. But if I did, I wouldn’t raise it against anyone.”
The charges against Gaetz were later dropped, according to PolitiFact.
Other Republicans on the committee also went after Hunter Biden by questioning if he had the experience to work at Burisma and claiming his political connections got him the job.
Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, alleged Hunter Biden got a “sweetheart deal” working at Burisma, while Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, claimed that Democrats were trying to sweep his conflicts “under the rug.”
“And nearly every single witness who testified at the Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry agreed that Hunter Biden’s Burisma deal created at the very least the appearance of a conflict of interest,” Chabot said. “Yet, the Democrats on the Intelligence Committee and Chairman (Adam) Schiff and Democrats in this committee are determined to sweep all this under the rug, ignore it, not let us call witnesses on it and instead rush to impeach this president.”
A representative for Hunter Biden did not immediately return a request for comment.
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