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Rick Gates Testifies That He Committed Crimes With Paul Manafort

He was asked by Uzo Asonye, the prosecutor: 'Were you involved in any criminal activity with Mr Manafort?' He replied: 'Yes'. He described how they also transferred money from their Cypriot bank accounts to a bank in the Caribbean.

The testimony from Gates, a former adviser to Donald Trump, comes after reaching a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year to testify against his former partner in a lucrative worldwide political consulting firm.

Manafort, a flamboyant figure in Washington for decades, became known for his consulting and lobbying work for ethically questionable worldwide leaders like Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych.

Laporta thought that was odd, so she asked Gates for information about the $2.4 million Manafort was supposedly owed. One accounting trick saved Manafort $US500,000 in taxes, she said.

During the testimony, Manafort did not stare Gates down as he did on Monday. Ellis chastised the prosecutor for questioning Gates on the backgrounds of the Eastern Europeans who made payments to Manafort, saying it was irrelevant to the tax evasion and bank fraud charges.

"A lot of these loan agreements are backdated", Gates said.

In early testimony Tuesday, Gates related his role in setting up offshore bank accounts for Manafort, a complex arrangement that was requested by wealthy and powerful Ukrainian businessmen who bankrolled Manafort's political consulting work in the country.

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He claims he worked with Manafort to knowingly falsify tax returns, while also failing to report foreign bank accounts and failing to register as a foreign agent.

Gates said he repeatedly lied to hide the bank accounts and, at Manafort's direction, he would classify money that came in as either a loan or income to reduce Manafort's tax burden. Later, they say, when that income dwindled, Manafort launched a different scheme, shoring up his struggling finances by using doctored documents to obtain millions more in bank loans. They aimed to show jurors how that money flowed from more than a dozen shell companies used to stash the income in Cyprus.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's right-hand man testified at trial on Tuesday that Manafort instructed him not to tell their firm's bookkeeper about payments from accounts in Cyprus that held millions of dollars in earnings from consulting work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

It is unclear how long the arrangement extended.

New charges can be brought against Gates if he fails to meet the conditions of the deal, he said. The party won seats in an October 2014 parliamentary election; Gates testified that the work ended then. Dmytro Shymkiv, an official in Poroshenko's administration, said in an email that he was "not aware" of any such relationship.

While Mueller's charge is investigating the nature and extent of the Russian government's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, he was presented a broad mandate by then-Acting, now-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". The prosecution, however, has maintained that while Gates committed embezzlement, that doesn't make Manafort any less guilty of the crimes he's accused of. He did not provide details about how much was paid or when. Pinchuk, a steel magnate who is generally regarded as pro-Western, has donated far more money - $13 million since 2006 - to the Clinton Foundation, according to its website.

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