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Manafort suggested Chicago banker Calk as Army secretary, according to Gates

Rick Gates is seen on the witness stand as a message between he and his former boss Paul Manafort appears before the court during Manafort's trial in Virginia. Courtroom illustration courtesy of Bill Hennessy Paul Manafort's associate says 'hundreds' of emails prove former Trump campaign chief directed fraud
Ray Hunter | 10 August, 2018, 10:44

It is not clear whether Manafort will call any witnesses in his defence.

During his testimony Monday, Gates admitted he had embezzled money from Manafort by creating false expense reports on his own behalf.

Prosecutors have pointed out that Manafort listed the Manhattan loft as a rental on his tax returns in previous years.

Mr Gates, who faced a bruising cross-examination, returned to the witness stand yesterday for additional questioning from a Manafort lawyer who accused the government's star witness of being immersed in "so many lies " he can't even remember them all.

Manafort and Gates hid the fact that one property had a mortgage against it and falsely claimed that another property was a second residence for Manafort and his daughter, James said.

Ellis had chastised prosecutors for allowing IRS agent Michael Welch to be in court before he testified on Wednesday, saying he did not like witnesses present before taking the stand.

Ellis' comment came after a dramatic three days in which Gates, Manafort's protégé, implicated his former boss in a yearslong financial scheme while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility. But then prosecutor Greg Andres invoked Trump's name, and Gates' and Manafort's work on the campaign became more explicitly tied to the alleged crimes at the heart of the trial.

When the jury is dismissed to deliberate, they will decide whether it was Manafort, Gates or both. Rodriguez said she discovered the mortgage by researching a New York City database of property records. "It has nothing to do with your consideration in this case", he said, adding: "This robe doesn't make me anything other than human".

Paul Manafort's former accountant was sacked from a Virginia firm after she told the court she was aware that Manafort's tax returns contained false information.

The case against Manafort has little to do with either man's work for the Trump campaign and there's been no discussion during the trial about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation - the central question Mueller's team has tried to answer.

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On Wednesday, after eliciting an admission from Gates that his plea agreement could be thrown out if he lied, leading to further charges, Downing asked him if had told the Special Counsel "that you actually engaged in four extramarital affairs?"

Both Gates and Manafort were indicted last October by a federal grand jury on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the U.S. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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.

Ellis has repeatedly tussled with prosecutors, interrupting them and pressuring them to hurry through their case.

"I may have made a mistake".

Lisa Kern Griffin, who teaches law at Duke University, said many judges are harsher on the government, fearing that being seen favoring a prosecution could be the basis for a defendant's appeal.

But while the trial has only vaguely touched on the Trump campaign directly, and the core allegations of the indictment don't have much of anything to do with Trump, the trial has raised a key unanswered question about why Manafort agreed to join the Trump campaign for free. In addition, he testified, he did not submit the required forms at Manafort's direction.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. He finished his testimony Wednesday, Day 7 of the trial.

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. I hope Manafort said "thank you" at least.

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