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Ex-trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort accountant testified Friday in a US Federal court that they had submitted concerns about the accuracy of their customers ‘ tax returns, but you still.
The testimony comes on the fourth day of the trial, to prove, as prosecutors try Manafort know hurt knowingly tax and banking laws in relation to his political work in overseas. Manafort has pleaded not guilty.
Cynthia Laporta, an auditor with the company KWC, testifies with immunity, admitted to have given concerns about the representations to her on loan from Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates.
“Do you believe these promises?” U.S. attorney Uzo Asonye asked Laporta on Friday afternoon.
“No,” she answered.
“Do you still have the file with these taxes?” Asonye asked.
“Yes,” Laporta said.
Laporta confirmed that they had testified under immunity, because they fear they could face prosecution for their actions.
Laporta also state, told lawyers that they “very much” regrets the submission Manafort tax returns.
“At the time did you think it was right or wrong?” Asonye asked.
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“Wrong,” replied Laporta. “I would have rejected the file … but that could expose the company” to reduce the risk of litigation.
Laporta went on to say that they had called, Manafort and gates a liar, but said, Manafort is a long-standing customer”.”
Prosecutors want to use, Rick Gates in Manafort case
The Manafort defense hinges on convincing jurors that Manafort was the boss, not with bills or accounts, but left the gates, who is the co-operation with the prosecution and may testify as their star witness.
“Rick Gates had his hand in the cookie jar and couldn’t let his boss know,” Manafort defender Thomas Zehnle, said during the opening arguments.
T. S. Ellis, a 78-year-old Reagan-appointed judge in the case, known for the colorful comments, said this week that the prosecution can’t prove that this is an important part of your body, unless prosecutors call Gates.
Earlier Friday, Ellis, the state reminded the lawyers of the high bar for conviction -that you have to prove that the former trump campaign Chairman knowingly violated tax and banking laws.
Ellis indicated that he believes the public Prosecutor has shown, Manafort had to say, the control over foreign Bank accounts, despite checking a box on the tax return he has.
But Ellis reminded the prosecutors, “The government has to prove that [Manafort] knew what the request was and that he deliberately hurt.”
A source close to Manafort team told Fox News, the defense has not yet decided whether Manafort witnesses during the trial. The source said the decision will be made after the prosecution based their case could take place in the coming week.
The trial continued Monday afternoon, when the defense will have the opportunity to cross-examine Laporta.
Fox News’ Anne Ball contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.