Gates testifies he and Manafort committed crimes

Kevin Downing attorney for Paul Manafort walks to the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria Va. Monday Aug. 6 2018 for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort's tax evasion and bank fraud trial. (AP

Kevin Downing attorney for Paul Manafort walks to the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria Va. Monday Aug. 6 2018 for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort's tax evasion and bank fraud trial. (AP

Richard Gates took the stand in former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump believes Mueller is using Manafort trial to embarrass him: report Debate rages over Trump tweets and obstruction Five things to know about Manafort's first week in court MORE's trial on Monday, where he testified that the two men committed crimes while working together.

Asked by prosecutors on Monday who he reported to during that time, Gates answered, "Paul Manafort".

Special counsel Robert Mueller originally charged Gates alongside Manafort, but Gates reached a plea deal with Mueller in exchange for cooperating in the investigation.

Prosecutors will turn to Gates for first-hand support of their accusations that Manafort concealed millions of dollars in foreign income and later lied when he applied for bank loans.

A former deputy campaign manager for the president's 2016 team, Gates spent years working alongside Paul Manafort before joining the Trump campaign.

Manafort, facing charges of bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Gates, 46, is already facing up to five years in prison under the terms of a plea deal he struck with prosecutors in February when he pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Attorney Thomas Zehnle accused Gates of embezzling money from Manafort's consulting firm and said that Gates was now agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors to cover his tracks.

Gates said "yes" to both questions.

The Manafort trial marks the first major court test for the Mueller investigation.

Jurors will hear again Monday from Cynthia Laporta, an accountant who testified August 3 about going along with phony, backdated documents meant to help lower Manafort's tax bills and secure real-estate loans even as his personal debt rose.

The jury had heard testimony on Friday and Monday from accountant Cynthia Laporta, who described how Manafort and Gates doctored financial statements and backdated loans.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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