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Jeff Mordock

Jeff Mordock is the Justice Department 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 [email protected].

Articles by Jeff Mordock

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

Manafort's attorneys will try to portray Gates as bungling, corrupt business partner

Defense attorneys for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort last week made a point of asking trial witnesses about Rick Gates' intelligence, signaling a key element in their strategy to pin blame on Mr. Manafort's former business partner for what federal prosecutors say was massive bank and tax fraud. Published August 5, 2018

Paul Manafort's former bookkeeper Heather Washkuhn, left, walks to the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, to testify at President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort's tax evasion and bank fraud trial. Washkuhn testified that Manafort kept her in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to buy millions in luxury items and personal expenses. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Witnesses: Manafort couldn't keep up with insurance payments

Paul Manafort paid $450,000 for landscaping and $10,000 for a karaoke machine, but nearly lost his health insurance because he couldn't keep up with the payments, witnesses testified Thursday in the criminal trial of President Trump's one-time campaign manager. Published August 2, 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)

'Fake invoices' add mystery to Manafort trial

Two more witnesses testifying Thursday in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort identified what appeared to be fraudulent invoices from their companies. Published August 2, 2018

Protesters Gayelynn Taxey, left, and Danny Hastings, stand in front of the Alexandria Federal Court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on day one of Paul Manafort's trial. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

'Hand in the cookie jar': Manafort blames Rick Gates in fraud case

Former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort's lawyers argued Tuesday that he was duped by Rick Gates, saying the former business partner and fellow campaign figure falsified documents to mislead Mr. Manafort and his accountants into bank and tax fraud. Published July 31, 2018