Longtime Manafort deputy Rick Gates admits embezzlement

Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. Paul Manafort’s trial opened this week with a display of his opulent lifestyle and testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception. But the

Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. Paul Manafort’s trial opened this week with a display of his opulent lifestyle and testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception. But the

But Gates, described by witnesses as Manafort's "right-hand man", is expected to provide the most damning testimony about Manafort's state of mind as well as his own role in the crimes.

In court on Monday, Gates testified that he did steal from Manafort.

On the witness stand Monday, Gates spoke about how he broke the law with Manafort, including by providing false and doctored documents to banks in an effort to inflate Manafort's income to qualify him for loans.

"At Mr. Manafort's request we did not disclose foreign bank accounts", Gates told the jury in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

During his testimony, star witness Gates has been very up-front about his own activities-testifying that he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, defrauded the USA government, falsified documents to banks, laundered money, lied in a deposition and was guilty of all the fraud and tax evasion charges he was accused of.

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGates testifies he committed crimes with Manafort Trump reversal on Russian meeting raises pressure on interview If Trump meeting is illegal, then Clinton dossier is criminal too MORE's longtime business associate Richard Gates testified Tuesday that he and Manafort used offshore shell companies and accounts in Cyprus to disguise millions of dollars in income as loans.

Gates laid responsibility squarely at Manafort's feet, bolstering the prosecution's case that Manafort was in full control of his finances and directing Gates' actions. He is awaiting sentencing.

While Mueller's charge is investigating the nature and extent of the Russian government's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, he was presented a broad mandate by then-Acting, now-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". But Trump has shown interest in the proceedings, tweeting support for Manafort and suggesting he had been treated worse than gangster Al Capone. He said he engaged in the wrongdoing at Manafort's direction.

"We need to move the matter along", Ellis said, adding: "I don't think this case is as complex as it could be made to be".

The accusations against Manafort and Gates mostly stem from their work helping to elect Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine, and other pro-Russia forces in Ukraine, and to secure business ventures with the oligarchs backing those politicians. He also described in details how he falsified loan applications and other documents to help Manafort obtain more in bank loans.

What's Gates telling the court?

Gates said that Manafort told him to get in touch with Philip Ayliff, one of Manafort's tax accountants, but Gates said he could only reach Cindy LaPorta, another accountant who received immunity to testify last week.

The special counsel's case hinges on Gates and they are asking the jury to believe someone who just admitted to half a dozen crimes on the witness stand.

Rick Gates will continue his testimony today.

"In most instances, it was clear that Mr. Manafort was aware what was going on", she testified.

Prosecutors say this work resulted in earnings of around $60m (£46m) and that a "significant percentage" of this was omitted from Manafort's income tax returns.

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