Rick Gates: I Committed Crimes With Paul Manafort

AFP  Getty Images FILEPaul Manafort arrives for a hearing at U.S. District Court

Rick Gates, a longtime business associate of U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, on Monday testified at Manafort's fraud trial that they committed crimes.

On day five of the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, Gates was asked by the prosecutor whether he had committed any crimes with Mr Manafort, and he said: "Yes".

"Were you involved in any criminal activity with Mr. Manafort?" a prosecutor on special counsel Robert Mueller's team asked Gates, the key witness in the charges brought against Manafort.

"Did you commit a crime?" The usually bearded Gates appeared in court clean-shaven on Monday.

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The defense has accused Gates of embezzling millions of dollars from Manafort, claiming he had sweeping authority over his boss's business and personal expenses and that he abused that authority by going behind Manafort's back to deceive his bookkeeper and the accountants who prepared Manafort's taxes.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank and tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

His testimony is important for prosecutors: The federal judge in the trial, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III, said in court last week they "can't prove conspiracy" in the case unless prosecutors call Gates to the stand. Ellis issued that warning after prosecutors suggested Gates might not be called to the stand after all.

"Rick Gates had his hand in the cookie jar and couldn't let his boss find out", Manafort defense attorney Thomas Zehnle said during opening arguments.

Bookkeeper notes false info on Manafort forms
LaPorta also testified that she had seen documents that showed that there had been no payments on the loan between 2012 and 2014. They were booked to the same Cyprus entity, bringing the total to $1.9 million. "I very much regret it", she told the courtroom.


Laporta detailed multiple examples in which Manafort and Gates sought to doctor financial records, first in order to lower Manafort's taxable income and then later to inflate his income so that he could get bank loans.

Downing will probably focus on Laporta's interactions with Gates, who pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mueller. Similar to prior witnesses, Laporta testified that Gates and Manafort were in lockstep but that Manafort was in charge.

Prosecutors are trying to craft a narrative through the various vendors, bookkeepers, and accountants who have testified that Manafort, through Gates, directed his own illicit transactions.

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