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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "star witness" Rick Gates reportedly sang in court today, running through a laundry list of crimes he allegedly helped Paul Manafort commit.

Richard Gates took the stand in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial on Monday, where he testified that the two men committed crimes while working together.

Gates, a longtime business associate of Manafort's, was indicted on fraud charges in October but later pleaded guilty to reduced charges as part of a plea deal.

According to multiple news outlets, Gates was asked on Monday if he was involved in criminal activity when working with Manafort.

“Yes,” Gates reportedly responded.

“Did you commit a crime?” the prosecution asked.

“Yes,” Gates replied again.

According to NBC News, there were some "tense moments" today between the prosecution and the crotchety Judge Ellis.

While prosecutor Greg Andres was questioning Gates about one of his passports, Judge Ellis spoke up and said loudly, "Let's get to the heart of the matter."

"Your honor, we've been at the heart of the matter," Andres said before Ellis finished talking.

"Don't speak when I'm speaking," Ellis said sternly.

As Andres continued his questioning, the irritated judge again interrupted:  "Let's find a way to expedite this," he said,  and called both sides to the front of the courtroom for a bench conference.

 

Heh.

Leave it to Jones to completely overplay his hand on a day when he should be Winning™.

Good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a knife:

Littlefield Police arrested Ruben Garcia Lopez, 25, "for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault, terroristic threat and resisting arrest."

 

Meanwhile in formerly "Great" Britain:

Nice job, boys.

These social media accounts are all A-OK, I suppose.

In fact, they ARE. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, and free to express it. And if Facebook, Twitter, Apple, etc., want to become the arbiters of permissible speech, rather than act as common carriers, then they ought to be held legally responsible for the hate speech they continue to allow.

Trump and the GOP Congress could make great hay with this, if only they could be bothered.