Manafort’s Lawyers Get Personal As Rick Gates’s Testimony Wraps Up

09 August, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Carlos George
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All three testified that Manafort and Gates failed to tell them about the foreign holdings in Cyprus.

While Gates and others have pleaded guilty, Manafort has refused to strike a deal and legal experts say he may be holding out hopes of a pardon from Trump.

With a nod to linguistic differences for what Americans refer to as an apartment, Downing pressed: "As part of your secret life did you maintain a flat - is that what they call it? - in London?"

During his review, he said, he discovered that numerous foreign wire transfers did not appear on general ledgers for Manafort's political consultancy and therefore, "I was not able to trace it into the tax return". "I had a period of time when I had another relationship", he added. Gates also said he may have submitted personal expenses for reimbursement by Trump's inaugural committee, which he helped operate.

Manafort's lawyers consistently tried to paint Gates as an unreliable witness, and Gates' last day of testimony was no different. 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.

Throughout the trial, tensions have been evident between Ellis and prosecutors. "Did you provide false information or did you have a bad memory?" he asked.

In February, Gates admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and engaging in a conspiracy against the United States. "I did, to one count, your honour", he said. Manafort's defence team's has tried to pin much of the blame for financial crimes on Gates and raise doubts about his ethics and morals.

"This jury is just supposed to believe you after all the lies that you've told and the fraud you've committed?" asked Downing.

A Manafort lawyer has accused the government's star witness of being immersed in "so many lies" that he can't even remember them all.

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Gates spent Monday afternoon and most of Tuesday morning corroborating prosecutors' version of events; the government's attorneys say Gates and Manafort used offshore bank accounts and wire transfers to hide money from the IRS as to avoid paying taxes.

Paul Manafort (L), former campaign chairman for U.S. President Donald Trump, in Washington, DC, U.S., December 11, 2017, and Rick Gates, former campaign aide to Trump, in Washington, U.S., December 11, 2017 are pictured in this combination photograph.

Gates, who pleaded guilty in February to charges of conspiracy and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, admitted to committing crimes with former business associate Manafort earlier this week. "I thought he was needlessly evasive and argumentative", said Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. Attorney in MI who has been watching the trial and said she observed jurors reacting with negative body language as he testified. Downing asking, drawing an immediate objection from Greg Andres, the special counsel's lead prosecutor. Gates also said Manafort floated banker Stephen Calk's name for consideration as Secretary of the Army, a post he ultimately did not get.

In other testimony, Gates recounted how he falsified documents for Manafort, including converting a PDF of a profit-and-loss statement to a Microsoft Word document so he could doctor it to inflate the business' income. His consultancy work also included "Engage Ukraine", an effort to help Ukraine join the European Union.

In a tense day in court, the campaign strategist's longtime deputy, Rick Gates, told jurors how the pair were paid by Ukrainian oligarchs for their work as political consultants in the country.

Ellis appears to have singled out Andres, said Litman, who appeared before Ellis while he was with the Justice Department for roughly five years in the mid-1990s.

FBI forensic accountant Morgan Magionos walked jurors through her special counsel-ordained investigation that revealed how Manafort purchased luxury goods back in the USA through foreign bank accounts.

"In Cyprus, they were documented as loans".

Again the reply came: "Yes".

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