‘He was tough’: Paul Manafort cellmate impressed with him confronting ‘gangbangers’ in prison

Bill Mersey, the cellmate of Paul Manafort, said the former Trump campaign manager stood up to criminals during the three weeks the two spent together in a New York prison cell.

The 69-year-old inmate told the Daily Mail on Thursday that Manafort handled himself well in prison after getting harassed the first day he was brought into the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. “On the first evening, the gangbangers got in his face, saying ‘Yo, you Trump’s boy?'” Mersey said about Manafort, adding that the gangbangers “thought he was superrich.”

“But Manafort didn’t blink, he didn’t back down. He said, ‘I
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