Manafort team attacks star witness over affair, fraud and 'so many lies'

Leroy Wright
August 9, 2018

"Mr Manafort had the same path. In reality, it was basically money moving between accounts", Gates said.

While the defense's strategy seems focused destroying Gates' trustworthiness in the eyes of the jury, prosecutors have sought to broaden their case so it's not completely reliant on him.

She said even though she worked with Gates a lot, it was clear to her that Manafort "knew what was going on" in most instances.

Gates' ongoing testimony on Tuesday - the sixth day of Manafort's fraud trial - came one day after he testified that he'd committed crimes with Manafort.

"Yes, because I'm here to tell the truth and take responsibility for my actions", Gates replied. "In reality, it was basically money moving between accounts". He also admitted to embezzling money from other employers in the past.

On Tuesday, the court was shown a series of emails, contracts and what prosecutor Greg Andres referred to as "fake invoices", in which Gates altered the template to show the name of a shell company instead of Manafort's.

Both Gates and Manafort were indicted last October by a federal grand jury on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the U.S. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Judge T.S. Ellis III asks the jurors before court begins each day whether they were able to follow his instructions and not discuss the case with anyone.

Gates testified on Tuesday that he once had an extramarital affair that involved maintaining a London apartment.

The Sixth Day of Paul Manafort's Trial Was Indirectly About Donald Trump
In one email, Manafort wrote "WTF" and "not happy" about tax payments he was going to have to make, Gates said. Paul Manafort , seated right row second from right, together with his lawyers, the jury, seated left, and U.S.

Manafort also used Ukraine-originated money to pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of cosmetic dentistry, horseback riding, an Italian villa rental and apparently a yacht, according to Welch.

He also said Manafort had asked him to disguise income as loans.

Rick Gates said that he told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Justice Department lawyers about some of the offshore companies that contained millions of dollars in proceeds from their Ukrainian political work.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, U.S., June 15, 2018.

Defense attorney Kevin Downing asked whether Gates' "secret life" - four affairs over the course of five years - happened during the same time he embezzled funds from Manafort. On Monday, he testified that he helped Manafort file false tax returns and hide his foreign bank accounts. Downing seized on those admissions to try and cast doubt on whether the jury can trust Gates's claims that he only carried out the fraud alleged by prosecutors at Manafort's behest. As part of a quid pro quo, they allege bank Chief Executive Steve Calk was named an adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign and that Manafort pushed for him to get a senior post once Trump was elected.

The questioning of Paul Manafort's protege during the political consultant's financial fraud trial has turned confrontational and personal, focusing on Rick Gates' own crimes as well as an extramarital affair and a plea agreement.

Perlmutter, Moskowitz, and Sherman have pushed the VA to start new programs, some of which could benefit them personally, and essentially forced out or vetoed jobs for top officials - including Shulkin - who don't accede to their wishes, Arnsdorf says, basing his report on "hundreds of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with former administration officials".

The case against Manafort has little to do with either man's work for the Trump campaign and there's been no discussion during the trial about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation - the central question Mueller's team has tried to answer.

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