Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Takeaways from Day 6 of the Manafort Trial

Takeaways from Day 6 of the Manafort Trial

Gates faces more bruising cross-examination on Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

"After all the lies you told you expect this jury to believe you?"

Gates conceded it was "in excess of 50 to 100 years", but said any eventual sentence - including avoiding jail by receiving probation - would be up to a judge. He scoffed at the idea that Gates had repented for his actions, noting that prosecutors have said they won't oppose his bid for probation and getting him to acknowledge he had not repaid the money he had taken from Manafort.

For most of his testimony, Gates did not look at Mr Manafort, while the defendant stared intently at his former partner.

In prosecutors' questioning, then in a combative cross-examination from the defense team, Gates revealed the extent to which he had siphoned money from his boss and committed a host of other misdeeds.

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.

It's a practice he has admitted to doing to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort, and under pressure from Downing, he agreed that it could be called embezzlement.

Gates (46) admitted he had embezzled from other employers; he had volunteered the information once he began cooperating.

Downing accused Gates of lying on expense reports to make trips to London and around Europe.

Gates implicated himself in broad criminal conduct on the stand, an apparent strategic decision by prosecutors to take some of the steam out of defense questioning.

Gates testified Tuesday that Manafort hit the roof when faced with an enormous tax bill.

Still, that testimony has provided jurors with a damning account as Gates testified that he and Manafort knew they were committing crimes for years.

"In Cyprus, they were documented as loans". Gates said the money he took was sent to his account in the United Kingdom and was never disclosed to his accountants or the US government.

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.

Downing sought to portray Gates as an inveterate liar, raising questions about whether he has been truthful with Mueller's office even after cutting a plea deal in February.

The case against Manafort 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 campaign coordinated with Russian Federation - the central question Mueller's team has tried to answer.

And there were Manafort's emails, which prosecutors showed to the courtroom.

As well as being a senior aide on Trump's election campaign, Gates served as the deputy chairman of the USA president's inaugural committee.

Gates testified that he'd followed Manafort's instructions as they set up Cypriot and other foreign bank accounts, moved money from Ukrainians into the United States, made sure Manafort's name was scrubbed from the accounts, then lied to the IRS and banks.

Gates, who was working on Trump's transition team, testified that Manafort had suggested Stephen Calk as a candidate for Army secretary two weeks after Trump was elected.

Gates and Manafort first met with Dr. K to set up the companies in 2007 in Cyprus, Gates testified.

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

The transfers would usually occur when Manafort made requests for Gates to initiate them-often through a list of to-be-sent wire transfers provided by Manafort to Gates via email.

Prosecutors have noted that Gates and Manafort were not the targets of the investigation at the time of the interview.

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