Manafort’s Lawyers Get Personal As Rick Gates’s Testimony Wraps Up

Paul Manafort's associate says 'hundreds' of emails prove former Trump campaign chief directed fraud

Prosecutors so far have offered testimony on Manafort's alleged tax fraud, including wide-ranging testimony from his former deputy Rick Gates and Manafort's former tax preparer Cindy LaPorta.

Gates said he falsely labeled hundreds of thousands of dollars in income as loans to reduce Manafort's tax liability. The government spent all of last week calling to the witness stand accountants who worked with Manafort, and vendors who sold him things.

While some of the documents shown in court Wednesday listed Manafort's and Gates' names, others showed how a Cypriot law firm run by "Dr. K", Kypros Chrysostomides, oversaw Manafort's foreign accounts.

"I have made many mistakes over many years", Gates, 46, replied. Or you have to keep those feelings to yourself, not manifest them.

But the defense team has taken on the the daunting task of convincing jurors that Gates, who was in constant communication with Manafort and carrying out his wishes, is an unreliable witness who had simply gone rogue and independently chose to boost his boss' personal income over a period of several years.

Manafort was chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and his longtime deputy was part of the campaign, too.

Gates appeared nervous on the witness stand at the court in Alexandria, Virginia, blinking frequently, his throat apparently dry as he spoke.

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He made the comment after he haggled with the attorneys for 20 minutes over the number and type of charts prosecutors could present during the testimony of an Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic accountant. "Did you provide false information or did you have a bad memory?" he asked.

Gates finally admitted that he had provided false information prior to striking a plea agreement. "I did, to one count, your honour", he said.

Defense attorneys then used several hours of cross-examination to try to damage Gates' credibility in the eyes of jurors. "But I want you to remember don't do that again".

Earlier on Tuesday, the prosecution had continued to question Gates, who described how millions of dollars were allegedly funnelled from entities controlled by Ukrainian businessmen into Manafort's shell companies in Cyprus.

Although the allegations of collusion between Donald Trump and Russian Federation are not at issue in this trial, any significant blows to the government's case are likely be seized on by the president's defenders, including conservative media, to support his contention that Mueller's investigation is a "rigged witch-hunt". Gates pleaded guilty to reduced charges in February and agreed to cooperate with the government.

Now the trial will likely move into gritty tales of bank fraud.

But when Downing tried to question Gates on Tuesday about what the special counsel team had asked him about the Trump campaign, Andres objected.

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In one example, Manafort and Gates emailed each other copies of a doctored profit and loss statement they later sent a bank to help Manafort obtain a loan.

Gates, who is married and has four children, acknowledged having had a "relationship" a decade ago and admitted to stealing from his boss during a "difficult time" in his life by inflating personal expenses. Gates and Manafort were not targets of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of the interview.

"I am here to tell the truth and to take responsibility for my actions". Welch said the monetary figure was based on an accounting method used by Manafort.

As Manafort came under pressure to pay his bills, he was forced to seek loans, the court heard.

Numerous jurors have diligently taken notes throughout the proceedings, peering down into small monitors in front of them to scrutinize bank and tax documents. Andres asked on Wednesday.

More recently, after the launch of the Mueller investigation but before his plea bargain, Gates lied to the FBI about a meeting between Manafort and an unnamed US Congressman regarding a "specific issue".

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