Hello from Alexandria, Virginia—and specifically the restaurant at the Westin hotel, where I spent last night noshing on fries and re-reading notes from the Paul Manafort trial proceedings. Both things were done in service of this newsletter, of course.

In the busy opening days of Paul Manafort’s “rocket docket” tax and bank fraud trial, prosecutors have trotted out multiple witnesses to testify against the former Trump campaign chairman, while defense attorneys have pushed the blame of mishandled money onto Rick Gates. Now that we’re into Day 4, here are some observations from the trial.

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