[Ed. – The prosecution’s star witness. Remember: this is all about things that happened years before the 2016 election. Some of them more than 10 years before it. None of it has to do with the Trump campaign.]
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.
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.