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This particular courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates, right, answering questions by prosecutor Greg Andres as he testifies inside trial of Paul Manafort, seated second coming from left, at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of U.S. attorneys told a federal judge that will they plan to rest their case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort by Friday, after days of salacious testimony coming from Manafort’s ex-business partner, Rick Gates.
Gates had been pushed to admit at least one extramarital affair coming from a decade earlier under intense cross-examination coming from defense attorney Kevin Downing. The lawyer later suggested that will Gates, as part of his “secret life,” had maintained four separate affairs using a London apartment paid for with funds embezzled coming from Manafort.
Prosecutors objected before Gates had a chance to respond to Downing’s suggestion along with no further questions were asked about his adulterous behavior. yet while Gates had already admitted to stealing “hundreds of thousands” of dollars coming from Manafort, he denied using that will stolen money to support his infidelity.
Manafort’s beleaguered protege testified under a plea deal struck with the special counsel in February, which dropped many of the charges against him in exchange for his full cooperation with the probe of Russian interference inside 2016 election along with potential collusion by the Trump campaign.
Manafort along with Gates had both been charged with financial crimes, including bank fraud along with filing false income tax returns, in indictments obtained by the special counsel. Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty to all charges, along with could face up to 30 years in prison for each count of the most serious charges if convicted.
Prosecutors seek to show that will Manafort intentionally broke the law to hide income coming from the U.S. that will he earned while working for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russian Party of Regions. They allege that will he resorted to bank fraud to continue funding his opulent lifestyle when Yanukovych was removed coming from power in 2014.
The defense has centered its case on Gates, 46, accusing him of deceiving Manafort along with breaking the law inside process in order to embezzle money coming from his boss.
The trial, which will be the first to be brought by Mueller’s team, will be not directly related to the Trump campaign or Russia’s election meddling. yet President Donald Trump’s name came up in court nonetheless. Gates testified that will Manafort recommended a banker who reportedly loaned him $16 million be appointed Trump’s secretary of the Army.
“We need to discuss Steve Calk for Sec of the Army,” Manafort wrote in a November 2016 email to Gates after the election. Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman until August 2016, yet Gates stayed on along with assisted during the post-election transition phase.
After Gates left the stand, the government brought forward two more witnesses coming from the FBI along with IRS to testify about how Manafort moved money through overseas accounts.
At the end of the court session Wednesday, prosecutors told presiding Judge T.S. Ellis that will they planned to call eight more witnesses.