Drama grips the last moments of Rick Gates’ statement in Manafort examination, as a lawyer poses a surprise question

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Rick Gates wraps up testimony in Paul Manafort test version

Defense team attacks Gates’ credibility on cross-examination; Peter Doocy reports from Alexandria, Virginia.

Rick Gates has finished, three days worth of dramatic testimony in the Federal court against his former business partner, ex-trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort-but not before defense attorneys caused a stir by him for details about his past infidelity.

A day earlier, gates acknowledged, that a single extramarital relationship in London while working for Manafort.

But on Wednesday, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing seemed to be to accusing Gates having Affairs with multiple people have asked Gates whether he disclosed four matters, the special counsel ‘ s office. The question was to catch part of an apparent bid to, goals in the lie, after he testified that his plea agreement would not be in danger, if he telling the truth on the stand.

Prosecutor Greg Andres, though, quickly, the question before the gates objected to was able to answer. And the witness has never done it.


As Rick Gates’ statement suggests, in Manafort test version

But at another point on Wednesday, Gates is trying to show remorse from the stand, saying: “I have made many mistakes over many years.”

The judge in the case, U.S. district judge T. S. Ellis III, cut-off gates, said: “this is not the time.”


Testimony later Wednesday returned allegedly false financial statements filed by Manafort with the Federal authorities and banks. IRS agent Michael Welch testified Wednesday afternoon, Manafort have “marked should have the box” display on his tax filings, he had foreign accounts, and said that none of Manafort payments to the suppliers of these accounts were reported to the IRS.

“He controlled the money,” Welch said, adding that Manafort had made “false” claims to the IRS, certain income was actually a loan, to lower his taxable income.

Defenders on Wednesday also called into question when the FBI forensic accountant, Morgan Magionos, why do you have two signatures on Cypriot banks-documents, allegedly belonging to Manafort looked so different.

Magionos confirmed that nothing has been done to verify that the documents, in fact, the Manafort’s signature, and admitted that the signatures looked “a little different, but I’m not an expert” on this topic.

For the past two days in court, Gates testified that he and Manafort required bank and tax fraud.

Gates testified on Tuesday that in 2016, Manafort, a profit-and-loss statement for his company converted to be demanded from a PDF file to Microsoft Word format that can be edited more easily. After Gates’ statement, Manafort, then, does the message change change $638,000 loss to a multi million dollar profit — and Gates sent it to a bank to obtain a loan.

Gates also said there were “hundreds” of E-Mails the approval of Gates ‘ actions and transfers show that Manafort explicitly, including those of allegedly unreported foreign Bank accounts.

Both Manafort and gates were indicted last year on charges of bank and tax fraud as a part of the Special Counsel, to Robert Mueller probe. Prosecutors dropped against gates, according to the former business partner took a plea deal and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

During the cross-examination on Tuesday, the defense painted gates as living a “secret life” in London and accused him of the embezzlement of money from Manafort foreign accounts in the middle of the study, to indulge in an extramarital affair in the United Kingdom.

“I recognized that there was a time where I had a different relationship,” said Gates, who is married.

In an aggressive cross-examination on Tuesday, Manafort guide lawyer Downing Gates said: “you stole from Mr. Manafort.”

Accused of Downing the gates are on expense accounts, trips to London and in the whole of Europe.

Gates acknowledged during testimony on Monday, the embezzlement of money from Manafort. But on Tuesday the best he’s rode that money to Finance his extra-marital relationship, they say, he used the “bonus money”, and “family money.”

The survey is part of the Manafort defense strategy to present the goals of the jury as someone who is, and can not be trusted.

Downing summed up his survey through the questions Gates: “After all of the lies and the fraud you have committed, you expect this jury to believe you?”

“I’m here to tell you the truth and to take responsibility for my actions. Mr. Manafort had said the same way,” Gates. “I’m here. I have taken responsibility, and I’m trying to change that.”

Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Serafin Gomez and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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