Rick Gates admits to committing crimes with Paul Manafort

Rick Gates admits to committing crimes with Paul Manafort

Rick Gates admits to committing crimes with Paul Manafort

Manafort and Gates were the first two people indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Later, when Yanukovych fell out of power and fled to Russian Federation, the business struggled and prosecutors say Manafort lied to banks to obtain loans to help maintain his life of luxury.

Paul Manafort's defense hinges on pinning the blame on Mr Gates, who they accuse of embezzling millions of dollars from Mr Manafort. They were the first two people indicted by Mueller's grand jury.

This courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates, right, answering questions by prosecutor Greg Andres as he testifies in the trial of Paul Manafort, seated second from left, at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. But Gates pleaded guilty months later and agreed to co-operate in Mueller's investigation of Manafort, the only American charged by the special counsel to opt for trial instead of a guilty plea. They said Mr. Gates did everything from approve expense reimbursements to draft business plans. Laporta said she had no indication that the loan from Deripaska had been paid off.

Manafort disliked paying a lot of taxes, Gates said.

Critical testimony expected at the trial of President Trump's former campaign chair as Manafort's right-hand man set to take the stand as early as Monday; reaction and analysis from James Trusty, former Justice Department prosecutor.

Kevin Downing, the lead attorney on Manafort's defense team, tried to chip away at Gates' credibility Monday as he cross-examined Laporta, an accountant for the CPA firm KWC, who prepared Manafort's taxes in 2014 and 2015.

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGates testifies he committed crimes with Manafort Trump reversal on Russian meeting raises pressure on interview If Trump meeting is illegal, then Clinton dossier is criminal too MORE's longtime business associate Richard Gates testified Tuesday that he and Manafort used offshore shell companies and accounts in Cyprus to disguise millions of dollars in income as loans.

Rick Gates, star prosecution witness in the fraud trial, said the defendant, Mr Manafort, directed most of the crimes.

"I assisted Mr. Manafort in filing false tax returns", Gates testified.

Gates's appearance in court marked a dramatic moment in the probe: the first visible case of a witness flipping, or turning on friends or colleagues in a case.

Aside from admitting to the false expense reports, Gates said he also created a fake letter to an investment company for a different colleague, Steve Brown. But Trump has shown interest in the proceedings, tweeting support for Manafort and suggesting that he had been treated worse than gangster Al Capone.

On Monday, Judge T.S. Ellis repeatedly clashed with prosecutors about the relevance of such testimony and once again urged them to speed things along. As part of his plea agreement, he has cooperated with prosecutors and is testifying against Manafort.

Laporta said she had grown to distrust the information Gates was providing her, though she didn't know about the embezzlement. He testified that at Manafort's instruction, he lied to Manafort's accountants about foreign bank accounts in order to avoid paying taxes on that money.

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