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.
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.
Former Trump Campaign Chair Heads to Trial
After the swift selection of six men and six women to the jury, focuses immediately shifted to ensuing opening statements. Manafort is also charged in federal court in Washington with undisclosed foreign lobbying and money laundering.
Radar Shows Evidence of a Subterranean Lake on Mars
The location's radar profile resembled that of subglacial lakes found beneath Earth's Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. Scientists have long known that Mars has water in the form of ice and certain minerals.
Aug 08 2018
Karunanidhi demise: State funeral for DMK Patriarch on Wednesday
He led DMK to victory in 1996, but AIADMK under Jayalalithaa trumped his party once again in 2001. DMK workers broke barricades and shouted slogans against the Centre and the state government.
Aug 07 2018
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.
Aug 07 2018
Tampa Police Pull Unconscious Child from River
Witnesses reported that the child, later identified as Denson's 4-year-old daughter, Je'Hyrah Daniels, was screaming, police said. Authorities said Denson stole a gray Nissan Altima from a fix shop before driving to the river.
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
Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Louisville
Do not forget to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles. The agency says an adult resident of the town of Mead fell ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day.
Aug 03 2018
Google declares Android phones can have two notches at most
Smartphone makers could go that way in the future, leading to smartphones that are filled with entirely unnecessary notches. Specifically, Google is limiting the number of notches - or "cutouts", as they're technically called - to two.
Aug 02 2018
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.
Jul 31 2018
Google to launch Pixel Stand charging dock with Pixel 3
As well they should be - Google Pixel 2 is still one of the best camera phones in the world almost a year after initial release. This update has been rumored for a while now, and the advent of the Pixel Stand all but confirms it.
Jul 30 2018
President Trump threatens shutdown over wall, immigration
Lawmakers met with Trump last week to discuss the appropriations process to fund the government by the September deadline. Trump has requested US$25 billion to build a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico.
Jul 30 2018
Three dead and seven hospitalized after a shooting in New Orleans
In the 2800 block of Louisiana Avenue , crime tape was in place at a house and officers stood on the front porch. Authorities have also yet to disclose any information about the suspects in the shooting.
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