Among the tax charges Manafort is facing in Virginia is failure to report the foreign bank accounts.
In opening arguments, Manafort's lawyer defended his client by blaming Gates for the offenses alleged against his client.
Gates testified that Manafort told him to report overseas income as loans to lower Manafort's taxable income, supporting the testimony of his accountant. Gates says he admitted the conduct to the government as part of his cooperation agreement.
He is awaiting sentencing and his ability to secure leniency from the government depends on him being cooperative and forthcoming with the jury. All this was an effort to make Gates seems like a credible witness against Manafort.
Gates also testified he and Manafort knew it was a crime because they had been notified by Manafort's accountants in emails.
Rick Gates, a longtime business associate of U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, on Monday testified that he helped Manafort file false tax returns and hide his foreign bank accounts.
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Rick Gates, a former campaign official for U.S. President Donald Trump, departs U.S. District Court after he and Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort attended a hearing in the first charges stemming from a special counsel investigation of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in Washington, U.S., October 30, 2017.
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to 18 bank and tax fraud charges and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.
For instance, on Monday, after federal financial crimes specialist Paula Liss testified that neither Manafort nor his wife had reported foreign bank accounts to her agency, FinCEN, defense attorney Tom Zehnle asked her if a person owning less than 51 percent of a company would need to report those accounts. Gates said that Manafort "asked me not to include certain things in the deposition". They were the first two people indicted by Mueller's grand jury.
Murmurs ran through the courtroom when prosecutors said they would call Gates to the stand at 4:15 pm, about an hour before the court proceedings typically end for the day.
Instead, prosecutors called a different witness named Paula Liss. The judge twice requested the lawyers to his bench, out of the earshot of the jury and the public, to discuss their approach to questioning.
"Let's get to the heart of the matter", Ellis growled. The White House says Mr. Trump feels his former campaign chair is being treated unfairly.
But Laporta's testimony raised the stakes for Manafort, legal experts said. Downing made the comment in court.
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Gates came out swinging from the witness box.
Downing also accused Gates of embezzling "millions", a higher amount than Gates later admitted to in his testimony.
Laporta, looking at a summary of loans to Manafort and his businesses, said she could not see any indication that the loan from Deripaska had been paid off.
Manafort, Gates said, was probably the "most politically brilliant strategist I've ever worked with".
Gates has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe after he cut a plea deal earlier this year. His testimony, given in short, clipped answers as Manafort rarely broke his gaze from the witness stand, follows that of vendors who detailed Manafort's luxurious spending and financial professionals who told jurors how the defendant hid millions of dollars in offshore accounts.
The criminal case has nothing 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.
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