Manafort defense asks Gates about additional extramarital affairs

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"I'm here to tell the truth and take responsibility for my actions", Gates said in response to a question from Downing about his trustworthiness.

Manafort, a longtime Republican political consultant, has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. Gates also said he may have submitted personal expenses for reimbursement by Trump's inaugural committee, which he helped operate.

Gates struggled so badly to give a straight answer that eventually Judge T S Ellis III was forced to intervene.

Check back for updates on this developing story and read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

An IRS agent says Paul Manafort didn't report at least $16 million in income on his taxes.

But Weissmann has notably not questioned any witnesses at Manafort's Virginia trial. However, Gates also said the agents did not ask about tax returns and "the majority of the Cypriot accounts were closed" at the stage.

Prosecutor Greg Andres pointed out he had created a "loan forgiveness letter between Mr. Manafort and Mr. Manafort".

Now the trial will likely move into gritty tales of bank fraud.

"Did you tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation that there was hidden income in those accounts?"

Gates testified that at Manafort's direction he went on to reclassify some of the income as a loan to lower the taxes owed.

Manafort business partner Rick Gates testified Tuesday that it was Weissmann who confronted him about a lie he had told special counsel investigators, and it was Weissmann who told him he would have to admit to that lie in an additional charge to keep his plea deal with the special counsel's office alive.

She said she had identified 31 accounts located in Cyprus, the Grenadines and the United Kingdom belonging to Manafort.

It is possible Weissmann is preparing to Manafort's next trial in D.C. - which touches on issues similar to those in Virginia but delves more deeply into Manafort's work in Ukraine and the US registration requirements associated with it. Weissmann made a filing in that case as recently as Monday.

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A man prosecutors say has ties to Russian intelligence was also among the beneficial owners of some of the companies. That man, Konstantin Kilimnik, is charged along with Manafort with witness tampering in a separate case.

Andres questioned: "Did you tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation there was hidden income in those accounts?"

The judge in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial is joking about his efforts to speed up the prosecution's presentation of its case.

Ahead of that barrage, Gates has implicated himself in a vast amount of criminal conduct on the stand, an apparent strategic decision by prosecutors as they hope to take some of the steam out of the defense's questioning. "Right now, it seems clear that it's the prosecution that should be specifically requesting that instruction from the judge in advance, as Judge Ellis has had some unusually cutting words for the prosecutors in this case". Yesterday was particularly heated in what Politico described as "a series of prickly clashes in which Ellis snapped at one of special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors".

Downing spent several hours on Tuesday firing questions at Gates to attack his credibility as a witness, bringing up lies, an extramarital affair in London he used the firm's expenses to pay for and money he embezzled from Manafort. Gates had testified earlier in the trial about one extra-marital affair.

But as soon as Downing asked about "the secret life of Rick Gates", the witness volunteered, "There was a period of time, nearly ten years ago, when I had a relationship, yes".

The case against Manafort has little to do with either man's work for the Trump campaign and there's been no discussion during the trial about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation - the central question Mueller's team has tried to answer.

Gates' ongoing testimony on Tuesday - the sixth day of Manafort's fraud trial - came one day after he testified that he'd committed crimes with Manafort.

"In essence, I was living beyond my means", Gates said. He testified that he and Manafort knew they were committing crimes for years, concealing money in foreign bank accounts and falsifying bank loan documents.

Gates, a married father of four, replied, "Mr". Manafort's lawyers on Wednesday tried to further malign Gates as a witness by suggesting Gates lied about the number of extramarital affairs he's had.

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

Gates admitted to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars - $3 million, Downing claimed, but could not definitively prove - from Manafort.

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