Manafort defence attorneys rip into star prosecution witness

  • Manafort defence attorneys rip into star prosecution witness

Manafort defence attorneys rip into star prosecution witness

Welch, a 34-year IRS veteran who worked on more than 500 criminal investigations, is an expert witness in the trial. In one example, Manafort and Gates emailed each other copies of a doctored profit and loss statement they later sent a bank to help Manafort obtain a loan. He is also charged with bank fraud.

The tough questioning of Gates came after he spent hours telling jurors how he disguised millions of dollars in foreign income as loans in order to lower Manafort's tax bill.

Andres questioned: "Did you tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation there was hidden income in those accounts?"

FBI forensic accountant Morgan Magionos walked jurors through her special counsel-ordained investigation that revealed how Manafort purchased luxury goods back in the USA through foreign bank accounts. He also said Manafort should have reported multiple foreign bank accounts to the IRS in those years.

Earlier on Tuesday, the prosecution had continued to question Gates, who described how millions of dollars were allegedly funnelled from entities controlled by Ukrainian businessmen into Manafort's shell companies in Cyprus.

Manafort's lawyers have not yet indicated whether they plan to call witnesses as part of his defense. "They may think he's a sleazebag - but that's not going to make them overturn how they view the documents", the former attorney said. They are now presenting witnesses related to the bank fraud charges against him.

While some of the documents shown in court Wednesday listed Manafort's and Gates' names, others showed how a Cypriot law firm run by "Dr. K", Kypros Chrysostomides, oversaw Manafort's foreign accounts.

"Yes, because I'm here to tell the truth and take responsibility for my actions", Gates replied.

Ellis encouraged both the prosecution and the defense to not try his patience with unnecessary objections or other delays.

He made the comment after he haggled with the attorneys for 20 minutes over the number and type of charts prosecutors could present during the testimony of an Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic accountant.

He's also had several heated exchanges with the attorneys from special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's trial say the judge incorrectly admonished them in front of the jury and they want him to correct the error.

But Downing wasn't able to re-ask Gates about four extramarital affairs.

But after a lengthy conference between lawyers before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, Downing asked Gates only about the time span of his "secret life".

"After all these lies, and the fraud you have committed, you expect this jury to believe you?"

Mr Gates said he did, but the defence lawyer wasn't satisfied.

Manafort, the high-powered political consultant, is facing 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud and a maximum 305-year prison sentence if the Eastern Virginia jury finds him guilty.

After Yanukovych lost power in 2014, "I would say it decreased the income stream", Gates, wearing a blue suit, told the court matter-of-factly.

For this Manafort was paid US$4million a year, in quarterly payments of US$1million, Gates recalled, though at some point the currency switched from U.S. dollars to Euros.

At the time he worked for Trump, jurors heard, Manafort's business in Ukraine had always been dried up, and his firm didn't have any clients.

Gates admitted to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars - $3 million, Downing claimed, but could not definitively prove - from Manafort.

A Manafort lawyer has accused the government's star witness of being immersed in "so many lies" that he can't even remember them all.