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Jeff Mordock

Jeff Mordock is the White House reporter for The Washington Times. A native of Newtown, Pennsylvania, he previously worked for Gannett and has won awards from both the Delaware Press Association and the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association. He is a graduate of George Washington University and can be reached at

Articles by Jeff Mordock

Members of the defense team for Paul Manafort, including Kevin Downing, left, Richard Westling, and Thomas Zehnle, walk to federal court as the trial of the former Trump campaign chairman continues, in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Paul Manafort trial: Prosecution rests

Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller's office rested their case Monday afternoon in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. But the strategy of Mr. Manafort's attorneys, who are scheduled to present their case Tuesday morning, remains unknown. Defense attorneys have not indicated whether they will present any evidence or call any witnesses. Published August 13, 2018

In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Paul Manafort loan application ‘raised a red flag’: Bank executive

A bank executive testified Monday that he had concerns about Paul Manafort application for two mortgages totaling $16 million because he didn't disclose two existing mortgages and they were unable to verify the former Trump campaign manager's income. Published August 13, 2018

This courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates on the witness stand as he is cross examined by defense lawyer Kevin Downing during the trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on bank fraud and tax evasion at federal court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. U.S. District court Judge T.S. Ellis III presides. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)

Judge in Manafort case seals discussion of Rick Gates and Trump probe

A federal judge granted a request late Thursday from special counsel Robert Mueller's office to keep secret a portion of a private discussion they had at the bench with Paul Manafort's attorneys and the judge during the testimony of Rick Gates. Published August 10, 2018

The defense team for Paul Manafort, including Kevin Downing, front left, Thomas Zehnle, front right, and Jay Nanavati, back row second from right, arrive at federal court for the continuation of the trial of the former Trump campaign chairman, in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Manafort trial judge frustrated by prosecutors’ pace

Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller's office and Judge T.S. Ellis III argued Wednesday over the admission of evidence in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Published August 8, 2018

Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Gates, a former top adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign pleaded guilty in the special counsel's Russia investigation to federal conspiracy and false statements charges. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ** FILE **

Paul Manafort, Rick Gates have credibility savaged in court

The long awaited showdown between Paul Manafort and Rick Gates came Tuesday in an Alexandria, Virginia, courtroom as the two former Trump campaign advisers each had his credibility savaged in Mr. Manafort's financial-fraud trial. Published August 7, 2018

This courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates, right, answering questions by prosecutor Greg Andres as he testifies in the trial of Paul Manafort, seated second from left, at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. U.S. district Judge T.S. Ellis III presides as Manafort attorney's including Kevin Downing, left, Thomas Zehnle, third from left, listen. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)

Gates admits he may have deceived Trump inauguration over expenses as well

Rick Gates, the star prosecution witness in the fraud and corruption case against former Trump campaign manager and lobbyist Paul Manafort, admitted under cross-examination by the defense Tuesday that he may have submitted improper claims to the committee organizing President Trump's 2017 inauguration -- in addition to his already admitted embezzlement against his and Mr. Manafort's old firm. Published August 7, 2018