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Rick Gates' trustworthiness questioned in Paul Manafort trial

09 August, 2018, 17:27 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Paul Manafort's associate says 'hundreds' of emails prove former Trump campaign chief directed fraud

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

Prosecutors also say the men falsified documents to lie to banks in order to qualify Manafort for loans. 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.

In detailed testimony, Gates walked prosecutors through the step-by-step process on how he and Manafort doctored and backdated documents.

Paul Manafort hid more than 30 offshore accounts in three types of currencies from the IRS, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic accountant testifying in the former Trump campaign chairman's trial.

Gates also said that he did not report 15 foreign offshore bank accounts to the government.

Manafort, who helped Republicans Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan reach the White House, was Mr Trump's campaign chairman from May to August 2016.

Defence lawyers for Paul Manafort made a last-ditch attempt on Wednesday to torpedo the key witness at his trial by asking whether he failed to disclose four extramarital affairs.

Other witnesses yet to be called include several bank representatives, including two who were given immunity from prosecution.

Gates' earlier testimony on Tuesday, meanwhile, centered on how Ukrainian businessmen paid Manafort for his consultancy work.

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

Litman said he believed the indictment was hard to put together - "but once put together, a pretty straightforward case to prove". Manafort's defense team will have a chance to offer witnesses and other evidence after the government finishes. Magionos, who is a CPA and a certified fraud examiner, said she had been assigned to the Manafort investigation to conduct a financial analysis.

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Ellis, known for his courtroom humor and occasional scolding of lawyers, has set strict boundaries on Manafort's trial.

"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.

Gates said he and Manafort turned to a Cypriot lawyer, whom he referred to in court as "Dr K", who set up bank accounts and shell companies on Manafort's behalf and "handled everything".

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

Gates acknowledged that he did for two months and that he took first-class flights and stayed in "fancy hotels" around Europe, but said the money came from bonuses rather than illicit gains.

At times, Ellis has crossed lines, Litman said.

Rick Gates has finished his testimony in the financial fraud trial of his former boss, Paul Manafort, after one last effort by defense lawyers to erode his credibility.

During cross examination, defense attorney Downing tried to undermine Gates' credibility, noting the benefits he had gotten from his deal with the government, the fact that he made a false statement to investigators, his "scheme" to embezzle from Manafort, and even his "secret life" with a mistress. They made a mistake when they confirmed me. They expect to wrap up their case this week. "Right now, it seems clear that it's the prosecution that should be specifically requesting that instruction from the judge in advance, as Judge Ellis has had some unusually cutting words for the prosecutors in this case".

Gates' testified that he and Manafort knew they were committing crimes for years. Manafort is the only American charged by special counsel Robert Mueller for trial, whereas Gates pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors by testifying against his former boss.

Gates testified that he had an extramarital affair a decade ago, and also that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort.

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