Rick Gates Got On The Stand At Paul Manafort’s Trial And Told EVERYTHING
Rick Gates, who also served in a senior role in Donald Trump’s campaign as an advisor, testified on Monday in Paul Manafort’s trial. Gates began listing the crimes he committed with Trump’s former campaign manager. Trump has repeatedly called this a ‘witch hunt’ but it has resulted in 191 charges and indictments against 32 people — including 4 members of Trump’s campaign, one of whom is Paul Manafort – and 3 companies. Special counsel Robert Mueller has been flipping Trump’s associates like pancakes, with the exception of Manafort, who has been in prison while waiting for his trial because he violated the terms of his bail.
Gates told the jury that he had committed crimes alongside, and at the direction of his former partner, according to CNN.
Prosecutor Greg Andres asked Gates if he conducted “criminal activity” with Manafort and if he had “committed crimes” with the former campaign manager. Gates responded “yes” to both questions.
That’s huge, but it gets worse for Manafort.
Gates went on to tell the jurors he and Manafort had 15 foreign accounts that they did not report to the federal government and they knew it was illegal. In addition, Gates admitted that he did not submit the required forms “at Mr. Manafort’s direction.”
Manafort reportedly stared at Gates, who in turn, refused to make eye contact. Gates, Manafort’s right-hand man, was also his deputy on the Trump campaign.
Gates also admitted to taking money from Manafort, according to Talking Points Memo. “I added money to expense reports,” he said, adding that he took several hundred thousand dollars in this manner.
During his testimony on Monday, Gates also said that he helped Manafort underreport his income on his tax filings, and said that he lied to Manafort’s bookkeeper about the nature of Manafort’s loans.
Last week, Manafort’s accountant Cindy Laporta, said that Manafort asked her to falsify numbers related to his company’s profits.
Prosecutors claim that Manafort used off-shore companies to stash millions of dollars from political consulting work in Ukraine, proceeds he omitted year-after-year from his income tax returns. But later on, when that money dwindled, possibly due to his lavish lifestyle, Manafort doctored documents to obtain millions more in bank loans. Manafort, 69, could very well spend the rest of his life in prison.
Wow, this is some witch hunt, huh?