‘Secret life’: Rick Gates forced to reveal affair at Manafort trial

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

Six bombshells from Rick Gates' testimony in the Paul Manafort trial

"Mr. Manafort had the same path", Gates said. He said there were 15 secret accounts.

Ellis and Andres continued to butt heads Wednesday, after Ellis once again reminded the prosecutors they should wrap their case quickly.

Mr Gates said he did, but the defence lawyer wasn't satisfied.

In an aggressive cross-examination on Tuesday, Manafort's lead attorney Downing said to Gates: "You stole from Mr. Manafort". He is testifying as an expert witness in Manafort's financial fraud trial.

Gates admitted during testimony on Monday to embezzling money from Manafort. Prosecutors objected and Gates never answered the question.

The prosecution's case against Manafort doesn't rest exclusively on Gates.

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Their legal strategy so far has hinged on attacking the credibility of the prosecution's star witness, former Manafort business partner Rick Gates.

After Downing asked Gates Wednesday whether he had multiple affairs, Judge T.S. Ellis had a private conversation, out of earshot of the jury.

During cross examination, Manafort's attorneys pointed out Gates' extramarital affairs, including a woman in London who may have had a hand in the financial crimes Gates to which admitted, Politico reported.

"Those appear to be substantially different, don't they?" defense attorney Richard Westling asked Magionos, showing her Manafort's signatures on a loan application to the Bank of California and one of the foreign banking documents.

Gates pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy and making false statements in exchange for his testimony against Manafort and cooperation with the Special Counsel's office.

Gates said he falsely labeled hundreds of thousands of dollars in income as loans to reduce Manafort's tax liability. He also testified that he pressed the firm's accountants to reclassify loans as income so the company could qualify for more bank loans or get favorable lending rates.

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The jury was reminded of the universe of vendors who've testified - the high-end suit sellers, the landscaper, the friend-turned-real-estate-agent, the general contractor - as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and IRS representatives walked through money flowing into their legitimate businesses from Manafort's foreign accounts.

Gates, a 46-year-old father of four, first met Manafort back when he was an intern in D.C.in the late 1990s, and later became Manafort's right-hand man as Manafort made millions from Ukrainian oligarchs boosting the country's pro-Russia party.

"After all the lies you've told and fraud you've committed, you expect this jury to believe you?" At one point, as Gates had trouble recalling the details of his confession, Downing asked him, "Have they confronted you with so many lies that you can't even remember them?"

Day seven of the Paul Manafort trial took a technical turn Wednesday, an indication that prosecutors could be wrapping up their case against the former Trump campaign chairman.

Trump has recently sought to distance himself from Manafort, tweeting that the former top campaign official "worked for me for a very short time".

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".

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