Takeaways from day seven of the Paul Manafort trial

Takeaways from day seven of the Paul Manafort trial

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.

Milan want Chelsea to pay some of Bakayoko’s wages
With Thibaut Courtois a Real Madrid transfer target, Chelsea have spent most of the summer linked to other goalkeepers. Tiemoue Bakayoko was present in games during Chelsea's pre-season but has left Maurizio Sarri unimpressed.

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.

Related News:

  • Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake

    Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake

    Local government agencies and rescue agencies have issued different estimates, which one agency said could be as high as 381. They are both popular tourist destinations but are located close to the Ring of Fire which is regularly hit by earthquakes.
    Johnson to face panel over burka comments

    Johnson to face panel over burka comments

    It is not to be confused with the hijab, which leaves the face uncovered, or the niqab, which leaves the eyes exposed. By a narrow margin of 48 per cent to 45 per cent they thought he did not need to say sorry for his comments.

    Indonesia quake death toll almost triples to 347

    Officials have said that the death toll will likely rise as rescuers continue to sift through the rubble. Officials said the epicenter of the aftershock was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.
  • Tribune Backs Out Of Buying Out Trump-Friendly Sinclair

    Tribune Backs Out Of Buying Out Trump-Friendly Sinclair

    But Tribune announced today "that it has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court against Sinclair for breach of contract". Sinclair already own 39% of the TV stations in the United States , and this would have raised that to 42%.
    United States  justification for sanctions 'far-fetched' - Russian Federation

    United States justification for sanctions 'far-fetched' - Russian Federation

    Since the March attack, two other British nationals with no ties to Russian Federation were poisoned with novichok. It's also not clear why the USA chose to wait five months after the expulsions to impose the sanctions.
    Diego Godin rejects United as Mourinho issues grim update

    Diego Godin rejects United as Mourinho issues grim update

    Any hope that Manchester United would sign Diego Godin on transfer deadline day didn't last very long at all. Though the Uruguay global was flattered by United's interest he has opted to stay at Atletico.
  • Ruby Rose Gets Emotional Talking About Being Cast as Batwoman

    Ruby Rose Gets Emotional Talking About Being Cast as Batwoman

    It also, Rose noted, will allow her to continue her charity work of visiting children in hospitals with a whole new persona. The 32-year-old stunner said the show actually won't be her first time sporting bat wings.

    Two Barcelona stars to join Premier League club after 'passing medicals'

    The Toffees take on newcomers, Wolves, in their first match of the 2018-19 Premier League season on Saturday, 11th August.
    Will Fiorentina continue the fight?

    Will Fiorentina continue the fight?

    Another 16 goals brought Lorenzo Insigne, 13 goals went from Jose Callejon and 11 from Marek Hamšík. Forecasts Bookmakers consider Napoli as the main favorite - the coefficient for the victory of the hosts is 1.28.
  • Navas:

    Navas: "I have same desire to leave Real Madrid as to die"

    Real Madrid also released a short statement of their own, which confirms that Kovacic will stay at Chelsea until June 30, 2019. The reporter kept the fact he had it private and now, seven years later, Courtois has got his dream move.
    Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia natural disaster

    Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia natural disaster

    The death toll from the Lombok quake has risen dramatically to 347, the government-run news agency Antara has said . And in late July, another 6.4-magnitude natural disaster in Lombok killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses.
    Rising trend of casino apps

    Rising trend of casino apps

    For those who are looking for a specific game, Cherry Rush also includes a description of what games can be found each site. It used to be that if someone wanted to play a casino game they had to find a land based venue.


Most liked

Argentina Rejects Legalizing Abortion in Major Pro-Life Victory
Meanwhile, at the city's Metropolitan Cathedral, a "mass for life" was held in support of keeping laws unchanged. There are three exceptions: if a woman is raped, pregnancy puts her life in danger, or the fetus is brain-dead.

Blizzard officially announces that "multiple" Diablo projects are now in development
It's unclear what the multiple Diablo projects could be, but the one that's going to take longer to develop might be Diablo IV . Trust me when I say the team here is now crossing all crossable appendages regarding that potential tidbit of news.

Rockstar announces new Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay video
In just a couple of months, one of the most highly anticipated games of the year will drop after close to a decade of development. Though previously Rockstar Games has shown off cinematic trailers, this is the first time any gameplay has been shared.

Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro announced
Today, Sony announced that they've sold over 525 million PlayStation consoles worldwide - an impressive feat, for sure. And much like the PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition, I think you know what happened to most of those .

Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during a press conference in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Tuesday. This article has been adapted from its original source .

Ben Schwartz to Voice Sonic the Hedgehog in Live-Action Movie
And now he's getting his own movie, and the actor who will voice the speedy, blue hero has been revealed. Deadpool's Tim Miller will serve as executive producer on the project.

Fortnite Now Available on Android!
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn't as exciting as the Note 8, it's still a very, very refined and capable flagship smartphone. Samsung showcased this last one on stage in real time, showing us that there's no limit to the size of the presentation itself.

Mi A2 Review | The New Best Phone Under Rs. 20000?
Being a part of the Android One program, it comes with bone stock Android instead of MiUI, which you may love or hate. Initially, the company will only sell the 4GB RAM variant in India and the 6GB RAM variant will be available soon.

Margot Kidder's daughter makes mental health appeal
The entertainment site quoted the Park County Coroner as saying that Kidder died from an intentional drug and alcohol overdose. Hollywood has been rocked by suicides this year, with Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain also taking their own lives.

NCAA announces major rule changes coming to college basketball
This new NCAA rule for both college basketball and the NBA Draft should take effect by the 2020 or 2021 off-seasons. However, the agents must be certified by the NCAA .

Gaza pounded by Israeli air strikes after rocket barrage
Gaza's residents have been protesting every week since 30 March at Israel's border fence, which have been violently suppressed. An Israeli policeman surveys the scene where a rocket exploded in the southern city of Sderot, Israel August 8, 2018.

China set to respond to new round of United States tariffs
Beijing is expected to hit $16 billion worth of U.S. goods with equal tariffs in response to Tuesday's move. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April 27, 2018.

IRS agent testifies that Manafort had $16.5M U.S. in unreported income
He was forced to step down amid questions about his lobbying work for Ukraine's former pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych. On Tuesday, Downing asked how the jury could believe Gates "after all the lies you told and fraud you committed".

NYC sets limit on Uber and Lyft vehicles
New York City is poised to become the first major US city to impose a cap on Uber and other app-based ride-hailing services. Gold said the outstanding 40,000 licenses belong to black auto and livery drivers, workers Uber will aim to recruit.

3 Entertaining Ways to Improve Your Business Skills over the Coming Weeks
In both games and business meetings you may feel everything from frustration to elation, but the trick is to keep is all hidden. Play Poker While millions of people around the world may play poker solely for fun, you can also play to up your business game.