Federal prosecutors told an Iowa jury today that former congressman Ron Paul will be called as a witness, reports David Weigel.
"Ron Paul wanted his campaign to be about ideas," said Richard Pilger, an attorney for the Justice Department. "He hated the idea of endorsements. He'll tell you that in his career, he only sought one endorsement -- from Nolan Ryan."
"Follow the money, ladies and gentlemen," said Pilger, "and you will be able to see the conspiracy in black and white."
Benton's defense is apparently going to be that he was confused the days he met with the FBI and allegedly lied to them, and the documents that implicate Benton were "hastily" put together,
Benton's attorney Meena Sinfelt asked the jury to focus on the days that Benton met with FBI investigators, July 21 and 22, 2014. It was difficult for anyone to recall the circumstances of tax day, or another busy financial period. Benton, far from misleading investigators, had been misrepresented by documents and hastily written e-mails.