Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

Manafort, 69, faces tax evasion and bank fraud charges, as he is accused of hiding a "significant percentage" of income earned from his lobbyist work in Ukraine from the IRS. Since then, Gates has assisted special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort's defense team will have a chance to offer witnesses and other evidence after the government finishes.

Morgan Magionos told jurors Wednesday that bank records from Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the United Kingdom revealed the accounts were connected to Manafort and his associates.

Manafort's defense attorneys have attempted to pin responsibility on Gates for the wrongdoing Manafort is charged with. "I made a mistake". They expect to wrap up their case this week. He finished his testimony Wednesday, Day 7 of the trial.

When Trump asked Perlmutter, a friend and confidante, to help put together his government in December 2016, he agreed to be an outside adviser, selected veterans as his focus, and roped in two other friends, Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskovitz and lawyer Marc Sherman, Arnsdorf says.

An FBI forensic accountant is telling the jury in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial how she traced millions of dollars of payments for mortgages, home improvements and expensive cars, rugs and clothes back to his hidden foreign bank accounts.

Andres followed up: "Did Mr Manafort know?"

"The jury can't be happy with this judge because of the snide, snarky comments", Napolitano said.

As he has repeatedly noted, President Donald Trump is not directly implicated in Paul Manafort's Virginia trial. "I'm not sure why, but there have been certain exchanges at sidebar that have seemed not all that judicious to me", he said.

At times, Ellis has crossed lines, Litman said.


Gates explained that Manafort's financial difficulties worsened in 2014, when Viktor Yanukovych was no longer in power and the Party of Regions disintegrated.

Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing asked whether Gates had four extramarital affairs - and not just one overseas 10 years ago - implying that Gates might have lied to special counsel Robert Mueller's team and could put his plea deal in jeopardy. "I'm trying to change".

Before jurors are sent off to deliberate at the end of a case, the judge typically tells them not to read anything into either the judge's words or body language, attorney and law professor Seth Abramson said in an email. Prosecutors say they hope to reach their finale by Friday.

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, Manafort's longtime right-hand man, pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of lying to an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in exchange for testifying against his former boss.

Prosecutor Greg Andres objected to the question before Gates could answer.

Downing then asked about what he called "the secret life of Rick Gates", inquiring whether Gates kept an apartment in London and if he engaged in an extramarital relationship there.

While some of the documents shown in court Wednesday listed Manafort's and Gates' names, others showed how a Cypriot law firm run by "Dr. K", Kypros Chrysostomides, oversaw Manafort's foreign accounts. And he lied to special counsel investigators after striking a plea agreement with them.

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