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Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone


August 17, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900.

His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. The Trump name has been so studiously avoided that when the trial judge said "Mr. Trump" during a morning hearing Thursday, courtroom spectators jumped.

This is the first major courtroom test of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign. But the pre...

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