Paul Manafort is in a whole mess of trouble, and after today, he may never be a free man again. His trial, which just began days ago, has turned into a media frenzy. Monday morning saw testimony from Manafort’s former associate Rick Gates, who left the courtroom in shock as he laid out his illegal misdoings while working for Manafort.
As the prosecution’s star witness, Gates has faced the wrath that is Robert Mueller, and has decided it is in his best interest to cooperate with federal investigators who are well aware of he and Manafort’s documented crime spree.
According to CNN:
“Rick Gates, the key prosecution witness in the tax and fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testified Monday he had committed crimes alongside and at the direction of his former partner — and had also stolen from Manafort himself.”
The report continues:
“In stunning testimony at Manafort’s trial on tax and fraud charges, Gates stated he and Manafort had 15 foreign accounts they did not report to the federal government, and knew it was illegal. Gates said he did not submit the required forms ‘at Mr. Manafort’s direction.'”“Gates then admitted that he also turned the tables on Manafort — cheating him out of ‘several hundred thousand’ dollars by submitting false expense reports that were paid out of some of the undisclosed foreign bank accounts in Cyprus.”
“Prosecutors allege that Manafort financed a lavish lifestyle featuring sumptuous residences and extravagant wardrobes by using millions of dollars in profits that he hid from tax authorities then turned to bank fraud when his income started to dry up. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.”
“Were you involved in criminal activity when you worked for Paul Manafort?” federal prosecutor Greg Andres asked the witness.
“Yes,” Gates replied.
“Did you commit a crime?” Andres asked.
“Yes,” Gates said.