Takeaways from day seven of the Paul Manafort trial

Paul Manafort's associate says 'hundreds' of emails prove former Trump campaign chief directed fraud

The 46-year-old, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is cooperating with the government, began the day by describing how he helped Manafort evade U.S. taxes on millions of dollars earned from political consulting work they did in Ukraine. Instead, the super-lobbyist's longtime right-hand man abided about a final hour of questioning, capping his three days in the courtroom.

Manafort's lawyers consistently tried to paint Gates as an unreliable witness, and Gates' last day of testimony was no different.

Before Gates could respond to the question or Downing could provide evidence that Gates lied about the alleged affairs, Judge T.S. Ellis III forced the lawyer to change directions.

The New York Times even observed that at times it was as if Ellis had "picked up the defense team's argument".

Gates said Monday that over the years, Manafort directed him to make payments through wire transfers.

The question for jurors is how much that matters.

The case against Manafort has little to do with either man's work for the Trump campaign and there's been no discussion during the trial about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation - the central question Mueller's team has tried to answer. Gates said the money in these accounts was earned from Manafort's political campaign work.

Prosecutor Greg Andres asked Gates on Wednesday whether Mueller's team had told him how to answer questions.

She said even though she worked with Gates a lot, it was clear to her that Manafort "knew what was going on" in most instances.

The judge asked for clarification.

Asked if had also claimed unauthorised personal expenses from the inaugural committee, Gates replied "It's possible". Ellis smiled and several people laughed. He is the first person to be tried on charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

The two witnesses who followed Gates gave the government a greater voice in the proceedings than it's had so far.

Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic accountant Morgan Magionos brought Manafort's fashion tastes back to the spotlight. 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.

And how large it was.

Gates, who is 46 and married, admitted: "There was a period in my life, about 10 years ago, when I had a relationship, yes".

Rick Gates, the prosecution's star witness testifying in the federal fraud trial against Paul Manafort, revealed Tuesday that he once had an extramarital affair that involved maintaining a London apartment - but said he couldn't recall if he used money he embezzled from Manafort to pay for it. Many of those could have been business expenses, the agent said, but the other millions of dollars certainly should have been disclosed to the IRS as income.

That's important to prosecutors, who need to not only prove Manafort skimped on paying millions of dollars in taxes. "Coming from Global Endeavor LTD", Manafort wrote to one person, citing one of the foreign accounts that his defense has tried to distance him from in the trial.

Bankers and others familiar with Manafort's real estate portfolio and debts are poised to recount that he lied to get mortgages. And the fact that after loaning Manafort millions of dollars Calk became an economic adviser to Trump casts doubt on Trump's famous pledge to "drain the swamp" and puncture the rampant influence peddling in Washington. But prosecutors said they had previously received Ellis's approval to have Welch in the courtroom, something transcripts confirmed, according to Politico. Then the defense takes the stage.

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