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The internet puts Paul Manafort on trial for buying a $15,000 ostrich skin jacket

It's probably not what you imagined...


David Britton

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Posted on Aug 2, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 9:35 am CDT

Paul Manafort is currently on trial in United States District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman faces 32 counts of bank fraud, tax evasion, and related charges.

But Twitter would like to add one more charge: a poor taste in fashion. When prosecutors revealed a $15,000 ostrich skin jacket, as evidence of Manafort’s extravagant lifestyle, people immediately starting roasting it online.

CNN correspondent Kara Scannell posted a picture of the jacket in question on Wednesday night, saying “Behold. The $15,000 ostrich coat Manafort bought with an international wire transfer, according to a men’s clothier who testified today. Government exhibit”.

Everyone seemed equally horrified by the price, and the jacket itself.


Although, having heard about it before pictures were revealed, some people were a little underwhelmed.

If you’re wondering why the jacket has small bumps in it, it’s because that’s where the bird’s feathers have been removed. It’s also supposed to be both stronger and softer than most other kinds of leather. Maybe not $15,000 stronger and softer, but it does also appear to come with a silk lining, so it’s no doubt way more comfortable than, say, one of those jumpsuits they make you wear in prison.

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*First Published: Aug 2, 2018, 1:25 pm CDT