Manafort Trial Defense Chips Away at Credibility of Star Witness Gates

Manafort Trial Defense Chips Away at Credibility of Star Witness Gates

Manafort was on Trump's campaign team from March to August 2016, starting as a delegate-wrangler and serving as campaign chairman in the last three months. In one case, she alleged that foreign accounts were used by Manafort to pay for more than $3.5 million in home improvements.

He showed jurors how the Federal Bureau of Investigation had painstakingly traced wire transfers from foreign bank accounts to retailers in the United States who sold Manafort expensive goods - including the custom men's clothier Alan Couture, where Manafort bought jackets made of ostrich and python skin that each cost five figures.

"Mr. Manafort requested. that we did not disclose foreign bank accounts", Gates testified. "I made a mistake". Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ellis had erupted on the prosecutors during the testimony of IRS agent Michael Welch, saying he hadn't authorized Welch to watch the trial. Manafort's defense team will have a chance to offer witnesses and other evidence after the government finishes.

He told the jury that Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, loaned himself money between two Cypriot accounts because "he was trying to decrease his taxable income".

Judge T.S. Ellis III said it would be up to the jury to decide if the signatures were different. Referring to Manafort's pretrial confinement, Trump asked whether Manafort was being treated worse than Al Capone.

"I do somehow think he has gotten his back up personally about Greg Andres".

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"Well, let me be clear: I don't care what the transcript says", Ellis reportedly said.

At times, Ellis has crossed lines, Litman said. "I already admitted on the record that I took unauthorised funds from Mr Manafort".

Before jurors are sent off to deliberate at the end of a case, the judge typically tells them not to read anything into either the judge's words or body language, attorney and law professor Seth Abramson said in an email.

Perlmutter, Moskowitz, and Sherman have pushed the VA to start new programs, some of which could benefit them personally, and essentially forced out or vetoed jobs for top officials - including Shulkin - who don't accede to their wishes, Arnsdorf says, basing his report on "hundreds of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with former administration officials". While President Donald Trump has not played a significant role in the trial, Gates testified on Tuesday that after the election, Manafort recommended a banker who loaned him money to be Trump's Army secretary. But prosecutors dropped charges against Gates after the former business partner took a plea deal and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Gates faced a thrashing to his reputation from lead defense attorney Kevin Downing on Tuesday and Wednesday as Downing sought to undermine Gates' credibility as a witness.

Downing then asked about what he called "the secret life of Rick Gates", inquiring whether Gates kept an apartment in London and if he engaged in an extramarital relationship there. Gates was also listed as an owner of several of the accounts. And he lied to special counsel investigators after striking a plea agreement with them. Before the final bang - or was it a whimper? - prosecutors had their own opportunity Wednesday morning to revisit with Gates exactly what he had done by way of financial crimes, and the steep, lifelong outcome of prison time he could face if he told the jury inaccuracies about Manafort. At one point, as Gates had trouble recalling the details of his confession, Downing asked him, "Have they confronted you with so many lies that you can't even remember them?"

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