Rick Gates Forced Into Admitting Extramarital Affair by Paul Manafort’s Lawyer

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

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

He said he followed Manafort's directions in failing to disclose the overseas accounts to federal tax authorities as required by law.

When it was his turn to question Gates, defense attorney Kevin Downing went on the offensive, pressing him on what amount of time he would have expected to face in prison had he not agreed to cooperate with the government. "You told me you were on top of this", he wrote Gates in April 2015.

After Gates described his theft as "unauthorized transactions" instead of embezzlement, Downing prodded him to use the latter term - and Gates ultimately relented, saying, "It was embezzlement from Mr. Manafort".

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".

On Wednesday, Gates initially testified Manafort told him to be truthful during a 2014 interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about offshore shell companies and bank accounts that contained millions of dollars in proceeds from their Ukrainian political work.

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The questioning is part of the Manafort defense strategy of presenting Gates to the jury as someone who lies and can not be trusted.

Under questioning by prosecutor Greg Andres, Gates walked the six-man, six-woman jury through the foreign bank accounts used by Manafort to receive payments from Ukrainian politicians - money that was not reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Looking at a ledger listing almost $3 million in transactions, he was unable to say which ones were legitimate and which ones he initiated with false expense reports.

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". Manafort also included Calk on a list he emailed to Gates of people he wanted to invite to Trump's inauguration.

"Are they payments for your secret life?" They said they had never seen them before.

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Prosecutors hope to wrap up their case this week.

The case 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 election effort coordinated with Russian Federation - the central question Mueller's team has tried to answer.

Gates (46) admitted he had embezzled from other employers; he had volunteered the information once he began cooperating. Gates testified that Manafort asked him to float Calk, who was on Trump's economic advisory council, for Secretary of the Army. His wife is "aware of" the affair and knew about the account where he sent money he embezzled from Manafort, he said.

The accountant testified she was unaware if the loan was recognized as income or ever paid back.

"Not happy. I just saw this".

Presented with a copy of his plea agreement, Gates said he conspired with Mr Manafort to falsify his tax returns.

Prosecutors summoned Gates to give jurors the first-hand account of a co-conspirator they say helped Manafort carry out an elaborate offshore tax-evasion and bank fraud scheme. He frequently used the phrases "It's possible" and "I don't recall" as Downing challenged him about inconsistencies in testimony he gave to the special counsel's office.

Gates, who had been on stand for more than seven hours by conclusion of Tuesday's testimony, is anticipated to be on stand for an additional hour more of cross-examination, according to Manafort's attorneys.

In October 2016, for instance, Gates sent Manafort DMP's profit and loss statement (P&L) from January 1 through June 30 of that year, emails introduced in court Tuesday show. The funds were logged as loans in order to meet later audits in Cyprus that required documentation of transfers between bank accounts.

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