Jim Urquhart | Reuters
Rick Gates, a former campaign official for U.S. President Donald Trump, departs U.S. District Court after he in addition to Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort attended a hearing inside the first charges stemming through a special counsel investigation of possible Russian meddling inside the 2016 presidential election in Washington, U.S., October 30, 2017.
Paul Manafort’s defense attorneys on Wednesday raised the possibility of which Rick Gates had engaged in as many as four extramarital affairs, as they sought to discredit the prosecution’s star witness by suggesting the married father of four had lived a “secret life” years ago.
“Do you recall telling the special counsel of which you had four extramarital affairs?” Kevin Downing, Manafort’s attorney, asked, according to NBC News.
After prosecutors objected to the question, Downing insisted of which of which was relevant because of which could show of which Gates had lied in his previous testimony, he said.
Manafort’s attorneys did not present evidence of the multiple affairs, in addition to Gates did not get a chance to answer the question directly as the defense moved on to various other topics.
On further questioning, Gates said, “I’ve made many mistakes over many years.”
Gates testified on Tuesday however of which he had an extramarital relationship years earlier. The admission came after Downing accused him of living a “secret life” in which Gates used funds embezzled through Manafort to support his philandering in a secret London apartment. During his cross-examination, Gates denied using funds embezzled through Manafort to support the affair.
Gates can be the central figure inside the case for Manafort’s lawyers, who are looking to undercut his credibility as a truthful witness as he testifies of which Manafort directed him to commit financial crimes.
Manafort’s former protege pleaded guilty in February to lying to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators in addition to cut a plea deal of which drastically reduced his potential sentence in exchange for his full cooperation with their probe of potential Russian coordination with the Trump campaign.
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges inside the case, which can be being tried in U.S. District Court in Virginia. The charges include multiple counts of bank fraud in addition to filing false income tax returns. If convicted, Manafort could be sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison for each of the most serious counts.
Gates also told prosecutors on Tuesday of which Manafort had suggested appointing banker Stephen Calk to a role inside the Trump administration after the 2016 presidential election. Calk’s bank had reportedly loaned Manafort $16 million in home loans through December 2016 to early 2017.
“We need to discuss Steve Calk for Sec of the Army,” Manafort wrote Gates in a November 2016 email presented by prosecutors.