Rick Gates Testifies He Committed Crimes While Working For Manafort

Update: Gates later testified that even while he was committing crimes with Manafort, he had control over some of their Cyprus-based bank accounts with Manafort's money, and siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars out without Manafort's knowledge.

“I added money to expense reports and created expense reports” that were not accurate, Gates said, to pad his salary by “several hundred thousand” dollars.

Gates, 46, testified that he had embezzled from other employers as well and that he volunteered that information to investigators once he began cooperating with Mueller’s team.

Gates said he told prosecutors he had lied in a deposition in a civil case against Manafort involving a private equity fund.

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Repeatedly, Gates insisted that most of his crimes were committed at Manafort’s explicit instruction. At one point, he rattled off the names of a dozen overseas companies he said Manafort controlled; on prompting from prosecutors he identified three more. The money in them “came from income from political consulting in Ukraine,” he said. -WaPo

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Paul Manafort testified on Monday against his former boss, Paul Manafort - telling the Virginia court that he committed crimes while working for the former Trump campaign aide. 

“Were you involved in criminal activity when you worked for Paul Manafort?” asked federal prosecutor Greg Andres.

“Yes,” Gates replied.

Did you commit a crime?” Andres asked.

Yes,” Gates said.

Gates, a 45-year-old father of four became the star witness against his former boss in February, following several weeks of legal turmoil in which his original lawyers suddenly withdrew as council. Weeks later, Gates hired attorney Thomas C. Green, a personal acquaintance of special counsel Robert Mueller. 

Gates' testimony is vital to the case, according to the Judge in the trial, US District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III - as the prosecution "can't prove conspiracy" unless Gates can be called to the stand. Ellis said this after prosecutors suggested Gates may not in fact testify. 

Manafort has not pleaded guilty to charges which include bank fraud related to his work in Ukraine. The former Trump aide's legal team is focusing blame on Gates - "who handled some day-to-day business operations for Manafort," according to Fox News

“Rick Gates had his hand in the cookie jar and couldn’t let his boss find out,” Manafort's defense attorney Thomas Zehnle claimed during opening arguments.

Prosecutors have introduced a bevy of exhibits and are in the process of calling several witnesses as part of their effort to paint Manafort as a tax scofflaw who failed to report money spent on luxury items -- then lied to get bank loans when his foreign consulting work dried up.

Prosecutors have introduced a bevy of exhibits and are in the process of calling several witnesses as part of their effort to paint Manafort as a tax scofflaw who failed to report money spent on luxury items -- then lied to get bank loans when his foreign consulting work dried up. -Fox News

Earlier Monday, Judge Ellis threatened to boot reporters from the courtroom after they began rushing out into the hallway to report that Gates would testify. “If you cause a disruption, I will have you excluded!” Ellis said.

Also expected to testify is former Bernie Sanders campaign senior strategist, Tad Devine, who worked with Manafort on the 2010 campaign of now-former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych. The pro-Russian leader fled the country in 2014 following the Ukrainian revolution. 

Devine’s consulting firm Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, maintains that they did nothing illegal in their work with Manafort on Yanukovych’s campaign. The firm says they are not at risk of legal jeopardy, according to a statement provided to the Washington Post.

In the statement, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh says special counsel Robert Mueller asked Devine “to assist in the prosecution of their case against Paul Manafort regarding his firm’s work on media consulting on past political campaigns in Ukraine.” -Mic

We have been assured by the special counsel’s office that we have no legal exposure and did not act unlawfully,” the firm said in the statement to the Washington Post. “After the administration of the presidential candidate we had worked for arrested his political opponent [Yulia Tymoshenko in 2011], we quit. We then declined additional offers to work on his later campaigns.” 

The Manafort trial is expected to last approximately three weeks. 

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macholatte south40_dreams Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:38 Permalink

 

Who writes this shit?

Paul Manafort testified on Monday against his former boss, Paul Manafort - telling the Virginia court that he committed crimes while working for the former Trump campaign aide. 

 

Three lawyers representing Trump associate (shouldn't that be Manafort associate?) Rick Gates in money-laundering case against him have asked to be dropped from the case. Meanwhile, Tom Green, a lawyer known for hammering out plea deals, stays on as counsel for Gates.

 

 

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Free This lock-stick Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:42 Permalink

Manafart was canned after Trump got wind of his foul play! This does not phase me one bit.

Just more BS for the masses to lap up and blame Trump for something he did not do. Same as it ever was!

Damn, I will say this much, there is a lot more sleaze in DC than I thought possible. Every day it gets worse!

Nice editing ZH:

Paul Manafort testified on Monday against his former boss, Paul Manafort - telling the Virginia court that he committed crimes while working for the former Trump campaign aide. 

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nmewn Beam Me Up Scotty Mon, 08/06/2018 - 20:27 Permalink

"Didn't all of this happen BEFORE Trump became president?  BEFORE he was even a CANDIDATE???  I am pretty sure it did.

lol...it did and you're not losing your mind and Manafort isn't "rolling" on Trump because he hasn't anything to "roll" on Trump with unless he perjurers himself trying to do it in order to get a deal.

As Kahuna say's, SOP for Grand Inquisitor Mueller who overplayed his hand anyways...by having Manafort put in solitary confinement...for 23hrs a day...over a 2005 tax/bank fraud case...lol...if I were Manafort I'd be so fucking pissed off Mueller could offer me hookers & blow the rest of my life plus dropping the charges and I'd see it through to the end just to countersue his sorry ass personally, "legally" strip him of his assets and every swinging dick & moth ridden cunt on his staff that went along with this charade. 

But hey, thats jus me ;-)

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Fidel Sarcastro macholatte Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:50 Permalink

Probably the same idiot who writes massive run-on sentences that never end, because he doesn't know what punctuation are, which leads to poor grammar, as well as poor spelleing (lol), and then keeps on writing, until his/her thought experience is over. 

 

Pretty much what I just did above, only FAR worse. 

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Koba the Dread macholatte Mon, 08/06/2018 - 22:58 Permalink

You ask who writes this shit. Who writes this shit is a coven of eastern European whores who make a buck off of salacious content. Unfortunately for us all, their greed still makes the best forum for understanding what's going on in the world. That was Drudge's job 15 years ago but he flubbed it badly since he's a yokel.

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Consuelo Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:39 Permalink

If you listen closely, you can hear Hilarity ensue somewhere in Chappaqua...

Must be nice to sit back and enjoy the spectacle you created in totally insulated comfort.

We live in Bizarro-world.

 

 

Catullus Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:43 Permalink

Is this a fucking joke? 

We have filling out a loan application from a bank to make it look like you’re making more money than you are. And then you’re using that money to buy luxury items and this is tax evasion? 

That’s like half the student loans and mortgages in the US

Southern_Boy Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:43 Permalink

This one smells to high heaven and even the judge sees it. If Gates broke the law as Manafort's employee and hid it from him, so what? Incompetence is not a crime, especially in tax evasion.

whateverittakes Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:49 Permalink

Trump will pardon these guys eventually unless they rat on him. Short of a convicted murderer, I would like to see the president pardon all individuals Mueller has prosecuted during his entire career. Mueller aka Lurch would be pissed.

ShrNfr Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:54 Permalink

So this 45 year old dude with limited resources gets his balls squeezed by the government who has infinite resources until he screams uncle.He would have copped a plea to murdering JFK if they make him do it.

WTFUD Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:55 Permalink

Rick Gates is the worst kind of stinking RAT. When ratting out Manafort to Mueller's crony, Lawyer, Thomas C Green, he broke every unwritten rule.

Rather than pull Green closer to whisper in his ear, then stab him in the eye-socket with a pen, he sung like a canary and can expect his comeuppance down the road by way of a smile running from eye to lip, the grasses trademark.

wmbz Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:56 Permalink

Didn't I read somewhere that Manafort spent some big money for some Coonskin, or Mink coat of some kind?

He should wear that on court day.

Come in looking like Super-Fly with a giant brim, and platforms.

surf@jm Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:58 Permalink

So will all corrupt money grubbers in D.C. now be prosecuted, or just ones for political purposes?.....

Stupid democrats cant get it through their thick skulls that most people are worried about putting bread on the table, and not what dumbass political party has an axe to grind....

Kendle C Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:16 Permalink

Gloria Nuland and Israel West, ie. the Near East Division of the State Department should be on trial instead; fomenting revolutions in foreign lands. If it was orders from Clinton and/or her boss then toss them in too. Seems the same crew ginned up the Cold War II to cover high crimes and misdemeanors, you know they had to "stir the shit" don't you?

 

The trial is theater and bullshit, straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel. A Home Depot bucket standing in the summer sun full of homeless people's shit, expanding, fermenting: soon enough pressure builds, the lid blows off showering all: at last you see who they are.