Gates Describes Manafort Orders While Defense Hammers 'Secret Life'

In testimony Tuesday Rick Gates detailed various schemes he engaged in while working for Paul Manafort

Then there was the affair, repeatedly referred to as his "secret life", that he said took place for five months in London.

An IRS agent revealed that Paul Manafort had at least $16 million in unreported taxable business income over four years while testifying during the former Trump campaign chairman's trial for tax and bank fraud on Wednesday.

The cross-examination of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's protégé ended after the defense renewed its attack on Rick Gates' credibility.

She said Manafort's passport was used to open many of them in United States dollars, euros and British pounds.

"He always had control over the accounts", Gates said of Manafort, and the income was not reported to his bookkeepers, his accountants or the U.S. tax authorities. However, Gates also said the agents did not ask about tax returns and "the majority of the Cypriot accounts were closed" at the stage. Or you have to keep those feelings to yourself, not manifest them.

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.

Moreover, Manafort remains a central figure in the broader inquiry into the Trump campaign's dealings with Russia, including a 2016 Trump Tower meeting at which Russians promised "dirt" on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and his role in watering down the 2016 Republican Party platform position on Ukraine. "I'm not sure why, but there have been certain exchanges at sidebar that have seemed not all that judicious to me", he said. "Did you provide false information or did you have a bad memory?" he asked.

In addition, Gates has admitted to other criminal conduct. "I did, to one count, your honour", he said. Downing pressed him on the specifics of their business relationship: which payments to Gates were authorised and which were not. Regarding a trading company Manafort had started with a partner in 2011, he asked with deep scepticism: "You're asking the jury to believe Mr Manafort authorised another US$250,000 as a bonus?" He challenged the witness: "Have they [the special counsel's office] confronted you with so many lies you can't remember any of it?"

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But by calling a bank employee to the stand Thursday morning, prosecutors have started laying out more evidence of Manafort's alleged efforts to use false and misleading documents to obtain loans after his income flow dried up and as he began running out of money.

Manafort is the first person to be tried on charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

Melinda James, a mortgage loan assistant at Citizen's Bank, testified about a loan application from Manafort she helped process in late 2016 and early 2016.

Prosecutor Greg Andres addressed the defence lawyer's questions about whether the special counsel's office had tried to coach Gates on how to testify. That includes longtime Manafort deputy Rick Gates, who testified against his former boss.

Manafort's political work included advising Viktor Yanukovich on policy after he won the Ukrainian presidency, Gates said. "Mr Manafort worked with the local political officials and helped implement policy initiatives based on the campaign promises".

Gates, a married father of four, replied, "Mr".

When an individual sets up an entity in Cyprus, Gates explained, their name does not appear on any of the paperwork.

"Was he having difficulty paying his bills?" Gates said the man schooled them on how to shield their operations from scrutiny by tax collectors. Andres asked on Wednesday.

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