Gates returns for high-drama testimony against Manafort

Rick Gates the star witness in the case against Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort and Rick Gates shared a long business partnership that took them to the helm of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Gates, who also was an official on Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty in February to lying to investigators and conspiring to defraud the United States and agreed to cooperate in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Gates also testified that he helped Manafort illegally file false tax returns by lying to his accountants about Manafort's assets and liabilities, as well as the existence of the foreign bank accounts.

He told jurors on Monday that he had embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort and that the two had committed crimes together.

Prosecutors say Manafort did lucrative political consulting work in Ukraine, and then kept much of the money he made in offshore accounts and companies. They were the first two people indicted by Mueller's grand jury. But Gates pleaded guilty months later and agreed to co-operate in Mueller's investigation of Manafort, the only American charged by the special counsel to opt for trial instead of a guilty plea.

Mr Manafort has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank and tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. They said Mr. Gates did everything from approve expense reimbursements to draft business plans.

Gates admitted in testimony on Friday that he had lied to Laporta, as well as other accountants and Manafort's bookkeeper.

Gates admitted that at Manafort's behest, they later created a loan agreement for Lyovochkin's payment, though no loan existed.

Manafort has a second trial scheduled for September involving allegations that he acted as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests and made false statements to the U.S. government.

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While outside the scope of the trial, Mueller is also investigating whether Trump campaign members coordinated with Moscow, an allegation President Donald Trump denies.

The second week of the tax evasion and bank fraud trial of Paul Manafort kicked off Monday.

After Manafort left the campaign in August 2016 amid swirling questions about his Ukraine work, Gates stayed on the campaign and later helped found pro-Trump advocacy group, before he was ultimately forced out, too, as questions mounted about Manafort.

What's Gates telling the court?

Rick Gates testified today that he committed crimes while working with Paul Manafort.

He said that Manafort knew it was illegal not to report his foreign bank accounts to the Treasury Department but asked Gates to help him deceive his accountants so he could hide income and pay less in taxes.

He testified that Mr Manafort had directed him to lower taxable income by reporting overseas income as loans, according to USA media.

"In Cyprus, they were documented as loans". But Trump has shown interest in the proceedings, tweeting support for Manafort and suggesting he had been treated worse than gangster Al Capone. But while Laporta acknowledged that she regularly communicated with Gates, she said she believed Manafort was in the know.

One subheading was titled "Yanks" - a reference to Manafort's New York Yankees season tickets - and said "tickets going to Trump next week".

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