Aug 09 2018
IRS agent Michael Welch told a jury that Manafort's unreported income includes foreign wire transfers to US vendors like landscapers and clothiers, wire transfers to buy property, and income improperly reclassified as loans.
Rick Gates, the government's star witness who wrapped up his testimony Wednesday, implicated Manafort and himself in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his credibility and character.
Now the trial will likely move into gritty tales of bank fraud.
Gates acknowledged that he did for two months and that he took first-class flights and stayed in "fancy hotels" around Europe, but said the money came from bonuses rather than illicit gains.
Rick Gates, under cross examination at the tax evasion and bank fraud trial of his former boss Paul Manafort, admitted that he had "another relationship" involving first-class flights and luxury hotels, but denied these were funded with money embezzled from Manafort.
"I have made many mistakes over many years", Gates, 46, replied in Federal Court in Alexandria, Va.
Prosecutor Greg Andres addressed the defense lawyer's questions about whether the special counsel's office had coached Gates on how to testify.
Gates, 46, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is cooperating with the government as it prosecutes Manafort for allegedly evading United States taxes on tens of millions of dollars earned from political consulting work they did together in Ukraine from 2006 to 2014.
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.
During his testimony Monday, Gates admitted he had embezzled money from Manafort by creating false expense reports on his own behalf.
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. The payments were often in the millions.
War Of Credibility Over Rick Gates Continues In Paul Manafort Fraud Trial
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, says Gates was heavily involved in helping hide millions overseas. He also is accused of fraudulently obtaining millions more in bank loans, including while he was working on the Trump campaign.
Gates, who worked as Manafort's right-hand man for a decade, served as deputy chairman of the Trump campaign.
He testified under terms of a deal with Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating suspected collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
Gates also said Manafort floated banker Stephen Calk's name for consideration as Secretary of the Army, a post he ultimately did not get. Prosecutors have pointed to an email in which Manafort sends to one bank a profit-and-loss statement his bookkeeper testified was inaccurate.
The exchange concluded Gates' appearance in the Manafort trial. And the defense has tried to pin much of the blame for the financial crimes on him.
Gates, meanwhile, wearing dark blue suit, white shirt and red tie, cut a lonely figure at the witness stand, blinking hard.
Prosecutors called Morgan Magionos, an Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic accountant, as the next witness to testify. Manafort's conviction would undermine efforts by Trump and some Republican lawmakers to paint Mueller's inquiry as a political witch hunt, while an acquittal would be a setback for Mueller.
Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, on Wednesday again called for Mueller to end his inquiry "without further delay".
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has interrupted prosecutors throughout the trial to encourage them to speed things along.
"You and I were talking during the break, the jury can't be happy with this judge because of the snide, snarky comments", he added to Perino.
He also said Manafort had asked him to disguise income as loans.
First woman fined in Denmark for wearing full-face veil
The country's "Burqa Ban" also outlaws other accessories covering the face like balaclavas, masks and false beards. Police are going through surveillance video to determine if the other woman deliberately ripped off the niqab.
States vow to press fight against Trump's auto fuel rules
Federal and California officials would soon meet about the proposal, Wehrum said, adding, "All of us want one national program". More than a dozen states follow California's standards, amounting to about 40 percent of the country's new-vehicle market.
Judge issues order to stop release of 3-D plastic gun blueprints
Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Police sued the company before its formal rollout of a downloadable gun program Wednesday. A federal judge on Tuesday stopped the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns.
Aug 09 2018
Angelina Jolie accuses Brad Pitt of failing to pay 'meaningful' child support
The 43-year-old actress's attorney filed legal documents requesting that the judge issue a final divorce decree this year. Angelina Jolie Pitt says she wants her divorce from Brad Pitt finalised before the end of the year.
Aug 08 2018
No, California didn’t worsen wildfires by dumping water into ocean
But officials say it threatens 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread. The Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco was still growing this week as it broke the record set eight months ago.
Aug 07 2018
Donald Trump reimposes sanctions on Iran that were lifted by Barack Obama
Treasury must approve the sale of airplanes whose components are at least 10 percent American-made, like the AT72-600. French carmaker Renault, which does not sell cars in the USA , has said it will remain in Iran despite the sanctions.
Aug 04 2018
Apple becomes the world’s first trillion-dollar company
The stock has risen more than 21 per cent this year and an eye-watering 50,000 per cent since it became a public company in 1980. Most of the people reading this are probably on an Apple device right now or own at least one product they have offered.
Aug 03 2018
Washington wins order preventing posting of 3D-printed gun plans
State Department forced it to remove materials related to the printable guns from its website under munitions export control laws. In 2013, Defense Distributed posted a YouTube video demonstrating what it said was a Liberator pistol made from 3D-printed parts.
Aug 01 2018
Harley Davidson plans smaller bike with eye on India
USA sales slid 6.4 per cent in the most recent quarter, and they're down 8.7 per cent at the halfway point of the year. Harley-Davidson has announced a new strategy to take on global markets and push forward with electric motorcycles .
Jul 31 2018
LeBron regrets pressuring son by naming him LeBron Jr
Anyone who buys one of the shoes will have their name enshrined on the I Promise School sneaker wall as well. I've walked the same streets, I've rode the same bikes on the streets that they ride on.
Jul 29 2018
Cubs Trade For Cole Hamels
The 34-year-old adds some help to a Cubs rotation that has underachieved this season, despite leading the National League Central. He played for the Phillies from 2006 to 2015 and won a World Series, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP with them in 2008.
Jul 28 2018
Severe Flood Watches Issued As Cloudy Skies Loom And Rain Continues
Friday is still looking like the best day with highs in the upper 80s and rain chances sticking to a 40% chance through the day. A round of thunderstorms is projected for Friday afternoon into the evening, possibly featuring heavy rain and strong winds.
Jul 28 2018
Facebook bans Infowars' Alex Jones for 30 days -- but he's still streaming
Jones is perhaps best known for falsely claiming the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged by actors. Fox News' Tucker Carlson defended Infowars' Alex Jones after Facebook suspended Jones for "bullying" and "hate speech".
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