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08 August, 2018, 20:30 | Author: Lucy Floyd

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.

Gates said it was a "very common method" for Dr. K and that, once the money was moved into the accounts, Manafort decided what to do with it. These questions about Gates' extramarital tryst also carried faint echoes of Trump, coming less than a month after the release of a tape in which Trump can be heard discussing buying the rights to the story of a woman who claimed to have had an affair with him. "The secret Rick Gates?".

Sometimes, however, Gates said he would perform the same task without Manafort's direction or knowledge in order to embezzle funds from his employer. "I had a period of time when I had another relationship", he added. However, the Manafort case - as President Donald Trump has been quick to point out - focuses on Manafort's business dealings and has no direct connection to Manafort's work with the Trump campaign.

"Did you submit personal expenses to the inaugural committee for reimbursement?" He is expected to face a bruising cross-examination as defense lawyers try to undercut his credibility and pin the blame on him. He frequently used the phrases "It's possible" and "I don't recall" as Downing challenged him about inconsistencies in testimony he gave to the special counsel's office.

"You knowingly made a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation?"

Downing told Judge T.S. Ellis III that he plans to cross-examine Gates for another hour Wednesday morning. "Did you provide false information or did you have a bad memory?" he asked.

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"I was, in essence, living beyond my means", he said.

"It was an embezzlement from Mr. Manafort", he said, with mock finality.

Prosecutor Greg Andres pointed out that he had created a "loan forgiveness letter between Mr. Manafort and Mr. Manafort".

A Manafort lawyer has accused the government's star witness of being immersed in "so many lies" that he can't even remember them all.

In the world outside Alexandria's courthouse square, special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into the Trump campaign's possible coordination with Russian Federation.

Gates was indicted alongside Manafort in October, but he later pleaded guilty to lesser charges of conspiracy against the USA and lying to the FBI as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

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Gates told the court in Alexandria, Virginia, that he had met with government lawyer Greg Andres and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents 20 times and been told only to tell the truth, without any guarantee that he will be spared prison. This kept the scheme mostly hidden from accountants and bookkeepers-though immunized witness Cynthia Laporta earlier testified that she had her doubts about the veracity of Manafort's and Gates's representations surrounding the loans. This time, however, Manafort himself provided Gates the template to be used for vendor payments, according to the witness. "Mr Manafort worked with the local political officials and helped implement policy initiatives based on the campaign promises".

Part of that record were several emails Manafort sent Gates.

Government lawyers have previously referred to Yanukovych as Manafort's "golden goose".

"I'm here to tell the truth and take responsibility for my actions", Gates said in response to a question from Downing about his trustworthiness.

Gates said he helped Manafort hide secret bank accounts in the United Kingdom, Cyprus and the Grenadines.

"In essence, you had four people setting up a Cypriot entity", but without the name of the person in charge appearing on most of the documents. Gates said he was responsible for collecting all relevant documents for the loan applications. Andres asked on Wednesday. The firm's director was known to Manafort and Gates as "Doctor K".

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Again the reply came: "Yes".

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