Prosecutors Turn Toward Manafort's Alleged Bank Fraud In 2016

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"I thought it was a lower amount", Gates said Wednesday.

But Gates did not answer Downing's question after the prosecution objected to the relevance of the inquiry.

The last witness prosecutors called Wednesday before running out of time was Darin Evenson, who works at Airbnb according to his LinkedIn profile.

In general, references to Trump at the trial have been few and far between.

Those who dealt with Manafort's taxes also testified that even though they asked Manafort whether he maintained any bank accounts overseas, he told them no.

Mr Gates recounted how he and Mr Manafort used more than a dozen offshore shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus to funnel the money, all while concealing the accounts and the income from the IRS. They have tried several times to impugn his credibility before the jury.

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The crimes Manafort allegedly committed do not have bearing on that central question, but they were uncovered in the course of the special counsel investigation; this is the first trial resulting from Mueller's probe. "They may think he's a sleazebag - but that's not going to make them overturn how they view the documents", the former attorney said. He said there were 15 secret accounts.

The cross-examination of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's protégé ended after the defense renewed its attack on Rick Gates' credibility. Gates said the money in these accounts was earned from Manafort's political campaign work.

In December 2016, Manafort sent an "urgent" email to Gates including Calk and Calk's son on a list of people Manafort wanted to receive invitations to Trump's inauguration. But Trump has shown interest in the proceedings, tweeting support for Manafort and suggesting he has been treated worse than gangster Al Capone.

The star witness in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial says the former Trump campaign chairman told him to be truthful about offshore shell companies and bank accounts during a 2014 interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"After all these lies, and the fraud you have committed, you expect this jury to believe you?" Gates also said Manafort floated banker Stephen Calk's name for consideration as Secretary of the Army, a post he ultimately did not get.

For this Manafort was paid US$4million a year, in quarterly payments of US$1million, Gates recalled, though at some point the currency switched from United States dollars to Euros.

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NBC's Pete Williams also reported that prosecutors want Ellis to "explain to the jury that he was out of line when he reprimanded them over allowing an IRS agent witness to watch other testimony", according to NBC's Ken Dilanian.

"I have made many mistakes over many years", Gates, 46, replied in Federal Court in Alexandria, Va. Courtroom illustration courtesy of Bill Hennessy.

Rick Gates, Manafort's longtime deputy and the prosecution's star witness, walked out of the courtroom late Wednesday morning after more than 10 hours of testimony that spanned three days.

At the time he worked for Trump, jurors heard, Manafort's business in Ukraine had always been dried up, and his firm didn't have any clients.

Gates said the money he took was sent to his account in the United Kingdom and was never disclosed to his accountants or the USA government.

In other testimony, Gates recounted how he converted a PDF of a profit-and-loss statement to a Microsoft Word document so he could doctor it to inflate the business' income. Gates also fabricated a forgiveness letter for what he said was already a fake loan between Manafort's consulting company and a Cypriot entity he controlled.

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

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