Trial Begins For Banker Accused Of Bribing Manafort With $16M Loan In Return For Trump Cabinet Position

The New York Daily News reports:

His first choice was treasury secretary. But he would have settled for ambassador to Italy. A Chicago banker accused of loaning $16 million to Paul Manafort in a bid for a high-level post in the Trump administration will face trial starting Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court.

Stephen Calk, 54, is accused of providing Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, with a ranked list of government positions while Manafort’s loans were pending. The list began with treasury secretary, followed by commerce secretary and defense secretary, prosecutors say.

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