Trump’s Ex-Advisor Rick Gates Testifies He Committed Crimes With Paul Manafort

Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. Paul Manafort’s trial opened this week with a display of his opulent lifestyle and testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception. But the

Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. Paul Manafort’s trial opened this week with a display of his opulent lifestyle and testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception. But the

Gates was also charged in the case, but he made a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office to plead to a lesser charge in exchange for his cooperation.

He said millions of dollars had been concealed in foreign bank accounts, listing shell companies he and Manafort set up in places including Cyprus and the UK.

Manafort's defense has sought to blame Gates for any illegal conduct and accused him of embezzling millions of dollars.

Paul Manafort's ongoing trial in Virginia, on charges that include bank and tax fraud, may be a sideshow to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's larger Russian Federation investigation, but it produced a pretty compelling moment of courtroom drama on Monday.

Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. They said Mr. Gates did everything from approve expense reimbursements to draft business plans. Gates was copied in on Manafort's emails, attended events in Manafort's place and generally carried out his boss' wishes.

Gates admitted that at Manafort's behest, they later created a loan agreement for Lyovochkin's payment, though no loan existed. He said he was aware Manafort was acting as an unregistered foreign agent in lobbying for Ukraine.

While outside the scope of the trial, Mueller is also investigating whether Trump campaign members coordinated with Moscow, an allegation President Donald Trump denies.

In the telling of Manafort's legal team, any problems with his financial paperwork were either mistakes or the fault of Gates, who they say was stealing from Manafort and is now cooperating with investigators to cover his tracks.

His testimony is scheduled to continue on Tuesday.

Gates, who also served in a senior role in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is expected to face aggressive cross-examination once prosecutors are finished questioning him.

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Gates, who is awaiting sentencing, told jurors that he siphoned off the money without Manafort's knowledge by filing false expense reports.

Taking the stand on the trial's fifth day, Gates admitted to helping Manafort doctor financial statements, hide sources of foreign income, mislead banks to get loans and cheat on his U.S. taxes.

Gates also testified that he helped Manafort provide old documents to Citizen's Bank in order to hide the fact that Manafort had a mortgage on his Brooklyn property.

He has tweeted support for his former campaign manager, suggesting he has been treated worse than gangster Al Capone.

The warning came after multiple reporters rushed out of the courtroom at the same time Monday after it was announced that Gates would testify Monday.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who has clashed with prosecutors as he urged them to hurry up presenting their case, has largely allowed the prosecution to question Gates uninterrupted.

He said that some of Manafort's income was disguised as loans from 15 shell companies that Manafort controlled, a lot of them in Cyprus.

Some of the maneuvers were at the request of Gates, while others implicated Manafort, Laporta testified.

Though the names of those companies appeared on wire transfers and at times on his bookkeeper's ledger, both Manafort's accountants and his bookkeeper say they never knew that the companies - and corresponding offshore bank accounts - were controlled by Manafort.

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