Judge in Paul Manafort trial apologizes for rebuking prosecution

Judge in Paul Manafort trial apologizes for rebuking prosecution

Judge in Paul Manafort trial apologizes for rebuking prosecution

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has made headlines in recent days for his clashes with the prosecutors, including pressing them on the speed and merits of the prosecution and suggesting one prosecutor was so discouraged he was crying in the courtroom.

But Gates did not answer Downing's question after the prosecution objected to the relevance of the inquiry. Magionos testified that she reviewed bank records obtained through a treaty request and by issuing subpoenas to Manafort's company and HSBC.

Check back for updates on this developing story and read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

He told jurors how he disguised millions of dollars in foreign income as loans in order to lower Mr Manafort's tax bill.

Welch is a 34-year IRS veteran and worked on more than 500 criminal investigations.

Manafort is charged with 18 counts of bank and tax fraud, and his trial in Alexandria, Va., is the first to be brought on by indictments from special counsel Robert Mueller. He also admitted to embezzling money from other employers in the past.

In detailed testimony, Gates walked prosecutors through the step-by-step process on how he and Manafort doctored and backdated documents. She also said Manafort told Banc of California that his company made almost $4.5 million when the actual amount was $400,000.

However, the judge was more conciliatory Thursday. She said Manafort's passport was used to open many of them in US dollars, euros and British pounds. Gates was asked about 11 Cypriot accounts, and he testified that they were all owned by Ukrainian businessmen.

"It was highly inappropriate to raise the other affairs, and the judge's response was very generous", said Gene Rossi, a former prosecutor who has been attending the trial as a spectator.

"I don't care what the transcript says, maybe I made a mistake", Ellis fumed.

Ellis has repeatedly pushed prosecutors to whittle down their case to save time.

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. Downing asked Gates if he recalled telling the special counsel's office that he'd had four different extramarital affairs.

But at another point Wednesday, Gates attempted to express remorse from the stand, saying "I've made many mistakes over many years".

As well as being a senior aide on Trump's election campaign, Gates served as the deputy chairman of the USA president's inaugural committee.

Paul Manafort's protege on Wednesday wrapped up his testimony after implicating the former Trump campaign chairman and himself in financial crimes and also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility.

Gates' earlier testimony on Tuesday, meanwhile, centered on how Ukrainian businessmen paid Manafort for his consultancy work.

Gates added that Manafort also wanted to give the businessman a heads-up about the FBI's interest in the offshore accounts as part of the US government's efforts to recover assets stolen under former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Rick Gates said that he told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Justice Department lawyers about some of the offshore companies that contained millions of dollars in proceeds from their Ukrainian political work.

Gates, in turn, has said he engaged in financial maneuverings involving their business activities at Manafort's direction.

Gates, who pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mueller's prosecutors, spent less than 70 minutes on the witness stand on Wednesday.

Defense attorney Kevin Downing had asked Gates, "Were you interviewed on several occasions about your time at the Trump campaign?"

Defense lawyers have painted Gates as a liar, embezzler and philanderer, getting him to acknowledge an extramarital affair and reminding jurors how he falsified hundreds of thousands of dollars in expense reports.

Manafort's lawyers have not yet indicated whether they plan to call witnesses as part of his defense.

The veteran Republican operative is not on trial for anything he did while serving for three months in 2016 as chairman of Trump's presidential campaign.

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