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Benghazi Trial Goes To The Jury

A DC jury is to begin deliberations Monday after seven weeks of hearing evidence and arguments in the trial of accused Benghazi master mind Ahmed Abu Khattala. He faces 18 charges including murder and conspiracy for the September 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in which Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and aide Sean Smith were killed.

I only attended the first day of trial where I sketched opening statements and the first witness, Ambassador Stevens’ bodyguard Scott Wickland (the caption on my sketch is misspelled). Too bad because from what I’ve read it was a fascinating trail. You can read about it here.

Another Lybian charged in the attack, Mustafa al-Imam, was recently captured by U.S. Special Ops and appeared before a judge in the same courthouse earlier this month.

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Manafort Monday

Word got out over the weekend that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had yielded at least one indictment, and that an arrest and court appearance were imminent, so Monday morning the media descended on the DC federal courthouse.

It wasn’t long before we learned that Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his business partner Rick Gates, were going to appear before magistrate judge Deborah Robinson later that afternoon.

Manafort and Gates appeared to be handcuffed as they entered the courtroom, both with their hands behind their backs, but in fact the cuffs had just been removed before they came in.

Manafort and Gates are due back in court tomorrow, Thursday.