Manafort defense asks Gates about additional extramarital affairs

Manafort defense asks Gates about additional extramarital affairs

She identified Manafort as the person in control of the 31 foreign bank accounts.

Donald Trump's former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, seen here in a June 2018 file photo, is on trial for tax and bank fraud. The crimes Manafort allegedly committed do not have bearing on that central question, but they were uncovered in the course of the special counsel investigation; this is the first trial resulting from Mueller's probe.

He said if Ellis feels that negatively about the prosecution, then he should keep those feelings to himself or he shouldn't be on the case.

Overall, the accountant traced more than $65 million flowing into offshore accounts controlled by Manafort, and she detailed for jurors how more than $15.5 million flowed out to fund his lavish lifestyle between 2010 and 2014. He also testified that he pressed the firm's accountants to reclassify loans as income so the company could qualify for more bank loans or get favorable lending rates. But Trump has shown interest in the proceedings, tweeting support for Manafort.

Perhaps the Gates saga could boil down to one exchange about crime and consequences, and the decision he had made to turn on Manafort. Laporta was given immunity from prosecution for her testimony. "Mr. Manafort had the same path".

Litman said he believed the indictment was hard to put together - "but once put together, a pretty straightforward case to prove".

He testified at length about how he and Manafort doctored and backdated financial documents, hid foreign income and falsified tax returns.

"You and I were talking during the break, the jury can't be happy with this judge because of the snide, snarky comments", he added to Perino.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has been pushing prosecutors to hurry through their case.

"I do somehow think he has gotten his back up personally about Greg Andres".

"No, I did not", Gates responded.

At times, Ellis has crossed lines, Litman said.

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Gates said Monday that over the years, Manafort directed him to make payments through wire transfers.

In cross-examination on Tuesday and Wednesday, Downing fired questions at Gates for several hours as he sought to portray him as an inveterate liar and thief to undermine his credibility with the jury. "I'm taking responsibility for it".

Prosecutors have said they hope to finish presenting their case by the end of the week.

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

After saying Monday that he committed crimes with Manafort, including concealing offshore accounts to avoid reporting them to the USA government at tax time and claiming false income to get loans, Manafort defense attorney Kevin Downing asked the witness, "This jury is just supposed to believe you after all the lies that you've told and the fraud you've committed?"

He testified under terms of a deal with Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating suspected collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

A former campaign aide to Donald Trump lived a "secret life" that included an extramarital affair in London, a court heard on Tuesday.

But it was Gates' testimony that has generated the most drama, as the witness admitted embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his boss, confessed to an extramarital affair and turned in spectacular fashion against a longtime mentor. Gates was asked about 11 Cypriot accounts, and he testified that they were all owned by Ukrainian businessmen. And he lied to special counsel investigators after striking a plea agreement with them.

Regarding a trading company Manafort had started with a partner in 2011, he asked with deep scepticism: "You're asking the jury to believe Mr Manafort authorised another US$250,000 as a bonus?" The prosecutors and judge stopped Gates from answering the question, yet he still ended his testimony by saying he had "made many mistakes over many years".

Cindy Laporta exits the U.S. Attorneys Building in Alexandria, Virginia.

"They may not like him".

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

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