Six bombshells from Rick Gates' testimony in the Paul Manafort trial

Manafort, seated at the defence table, stared intently at Gates while his defence attorney hammered him with aggressive questions, but his former business partner carefully avoided his gaze.

After Andres objected to Downing's question, Judge T.S. Ellis called the attorneys to the front of the courtroom for a conference.

The judge then brought the trial to a standstill late Tuesday afternoon, calling a brief recess.

In general, references to Trump at the trial have been few and far between.

In 2015 and 2016, Gates said, Manafort "requested a team of people to pull together" documents to apply for bank loans in order to keep pace with payments to maintain his luxurious lifestyle. He also testified that he pressed the firm's accountants to reclassify loans as income so the company could qualify for more bank loans or get favorable lending rates.

In the email, exchange, Gates tells his boss he plans to wire money from Leviathan - one of Manafort's many Cypriot shelf accounts - to the U.S. At the email, he asks for Manafort's permission. He scoffed at the idea that Gates had repented for his actions, noting that prosecutors have said they won't oppose his bid for probation and getting him to acknowledge he had not repaid the money he had taken from Manafort. They have tried several times to impugn his credibility before the jury.

Defense lawyers wrapped up their questioning of Gates Wednesday following a bruising cross-examination that focused on Gates's own crimes, an extramarital affair and a guilty plea with special counsel Robert Mueller's office that may spare him severe punishment. "In reality, it was basically money moving between accounts", Gates said. Gates also provided the first witness testimony that overlaps with Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Neither man was charged in connection with their Trump campaign work, but the trial has nonetheless been a distraction for a president who insists Manafort was treated shabbily and who continues to publicly fume about Mueller's investigation into potential ties between his associates and the Kremlin. But Trump has shown interest in the proceedings, tweeting support for Manafort.

Gates said he falsely labeled hundreds of thousands of dollars in income as loans to reduce Manafort's tax liability.

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During questioning by prosecutors on Tuesday morning, Gates said that Manafort had emailed him in late 2016 asking for the incoming Trump administration to consider tapping Federal Savings Bank Chief Executive Steve Calk for Secretary of the Army.

But that changed Tuesday during a full day of testimony by Rick Gates, the prosecution's star witness and another former member of the campaign. The charges are not related to Manafort's work with the Trump campaign.

Cindy Laporta testified Friday in the government's case against the former Trump campaign chairman, saying she went along with the scam because she was anxious Manafort and his right-hand-man Rick Gates would sue.

Gates described to jurors how he repeatedly submitted fake financial documents at Manafort's behest as his former boss became concerned he was paying too much in taxes and, later, that his funds were drying up. Oh, and he says he did it all "at the direction of Mr. Manafort". "Mr. Manafort had the same path", Gates said.

Prosecutor Greg Andres pointed out he had created a "loan forgiveness letter between Mr. Manafort and Mr. Manafort".

Update from the Paul Manafort trial: Rick Gates admitted... everything in testimony yesterday.

That testimony probably explains one of the minor mysteries of the first week of the Manafort trial.

Gates (46) admitted he had embezzled from other employers; he had volunteered the information once he began cooperating.

Mr Downing forced Gates to admit he had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort by filing bogus personal expenses claims and that he had engaged in an extramarital affair and kept an apartment in London for that goal. That, Downing said, would invalidate his plea deal.

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