Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, is in court, and his trial is wrapping up faster than predicted. And while the courtroom is a phone free zone, that hasn’t kept the president from weighing in on the events from the outside. Plus, we examine how president’s past and president influence the votes in a midterm election. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Tim Mak, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at email@example.com. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.