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Gates testifies he committed crimes while working with Manafort

Gates testifies he committed crimes while working with Manafort

Rick Gates on Monday took the stand in the federal fraud case against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testifying that he committed crimes while working for Manafort.

Notably, after urging prosecutors to speed things along as jurors heard from 14 witnesses last week, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said late on August 3 that Downing could begin his questioning of Laporta on Monday and wouldn't rush him.

"Were you involved in criminal activity when you worked for Paul Manafort?" federal prosecutor Greg Andres asked the witness.

Prosecutors will turn to Gates for first-hand support of their accusations that Manafort concealed millions of dollars in foreign income and later lied when he applied for bank loans.

What's Gates telling the court?

Gates, 46, is already facing up to five years in prison under the terms of a plea deal he struck with prosecutors in February when he pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Last week, another Manafort attorney, Thomas Zehnle, depicted Gates as a liar who embezzled millions of dollars while going behind his boss's back.

More news: Former Trump campaign aide was in alleged Russian agent's social network

Prosecutors will move to admit those exchanges to the record when Gates takes the stand.

The emails will provide the jurors a glimpse into the private conversations between Manafort and Gates, the man to whom he entrusted his personal and business finances.

The judge in the Paul Manafort trial reminded Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team on Friday of the high bar for conviction - that they must prove the former Trump campaign chairman knowingly violated tax and bank laws related to his political work overseas. Laporta, looking at a summary of loans to Manafort and his businesses, said she could not see any indication that the loan from Deripaska had been paid off.

But Mr Manafort is not charged with helping the Kremlin.

But Laporta's testimony raised the stakes for Manafort, legal experts said.

When asked who was in charge in the relationship, Manafort's longtime tax accountant Phillip Ayliff told the jury: "Oh - Mr. Manafort".


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