War Of Credibility Over Rick Gates Continues In Paul Manafort Fraud Trial

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

Downing also ventured into territory both sides had agreed to avoid: discussion of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Gates said it did.

The judge then brought the trial to a standstill late Tuesday afternoon, calling a brief recess.

By that time, Gates was working on Trump's inaugural committee.

In general, references to Trump at the trial have been few and far between.

He told the jury that Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, loaned himself money between two Cypriot accounts because "he was trying to decrease his taxable income".

But Downing wasn't able to re-ask Gates about four extramarital affairs. Downing said that the question, which came one day after Gates admitted to having a single affair ten years ago, was relevant because it could prove that Gates had lied to investigators.

There have been exceptions, like when Gates said that he might have also embezzled from the Trump inauguration committee by inflating his expenses, and when he testified about how Manafort reached out to talk about securing a banker who loaned him money tickets to the inauguration and potentially a position in the administration. They have tried several times to impugn his credibility before the jury. Manafort's defense team will have a chance to offer witnesses and other evidence after the government finishes.

Gates, 46, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is cooperating with the government as it prosecutes Manafort for allegedly evading USA taxes on tens of millions of dollars earned from political consulting work they did together in Ukraine from 2006 to 2014.

"In Cyprus, they were documented as loans. The secret Rick Gates?". 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.

Gates pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy and making false statements in exchange for his testimony against Manafort and cooperation with the Special Counsel's office.

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Mr Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has indicted more than 30 people - including 26 Russians - in connection with his probe into whether members of Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to help get the real estate tycoon elected. Referring to Manafort's pretrial confinement, Trump asked whether Manafort was being treated worse than Al Capone.

The star witness in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial says the former Trump campaign chairman told him to be truthful about offshore shell companies and bank accounts during a 2014 interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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.

Welch also said Manafort should have reported multiple foreign bank accounts to the IRS in those years.

Gates said he and Manafort created an elaborate operation in Cyprus to use shell companies to secretly accept the money.

"I would be surprised, given what's occurred in the Manafort trial, if Judge Ellis didn't issue this relatively standard instruction", Abramson said.

It was a long day of drama between the former business associates, who didn't appear to meet each other's eyes in the courtroom. Courtroom illustration courtesy of Bill Hennessy.

In another email, Manafort told Dr. K's law firm to make five wire transfers to pay for thousands of dollars worth of clothing from Alan Couture.

"I've acknowledged there was a period where I had another relationship", said Gates, who is married.

He has already admitted embezzling some funds from Manafort. When the trial broke for lunch, Manafort looked back at his wife, sitting in the front row, smiled and winked at her, followed by a quick shake of his head, seeming to indicate he was unfazed by the morning's testimony.

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