Gates says he helped Manafort hide payments

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"After all the lies you've told, and the fraud you've committed, you expect the jury will believe you?"

Gates conceded it was "in excess of 50 to 100 years", but said any eventual sentence - including avoiding jail by receiving probation - would be up to a judge. 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.

Asked why he had lied, Gates said he had done so at Mr Manafort's request. U.S. District court Judge T.S. Ellis III presides.

He asked a broader question about Gates spending beyond his means to fund a secret life. He told jurors how he disguised millions of dollars in foreign income as loans in order to lower Manafort's tax bill.

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After saying Monday that he committed crimes with Manafort, including concealing offshore accounts to avoid reporting them to the US government at tax time and claiming false income to get loans, Manafort defense attorney Kevin Downing asked the witness, "This jury is just supposed to believe you after all the lies that you've told and the fraud you've committed?"

Downing also asked Gates if he had submitted personal expenses to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee. The defense moved on. He told jurors he embezzled from Manafort by filing false expense reports.

Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts containing tens of millions of dollars earned from work for Russian-backed politicians in Ukraine. Gates testified that he'd followed Manafort's instructions as they set up Cypriot and other foreign bank accounts, moved money from Ukrainians into the USA, made sure Manafort's name was scrubbed from the accounts, then lied to the IRS and banks.

Prosecutors had intentionally left many of these pieces of evidence blank on an itemized list of documents they are presenting in court, signaling they could be the most sensational and attention-grabbing files in the evidence binder. In reality, it was basically money moving between accounts, " Gates said during his second day of testimony in the financial fraud trial of his former boss.

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Gates told the court in Alexandria, Virginia, that he had met with government lawyer Greg Andres and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents 20 times and been told only to tell the truth, without any guarantee that he will be spared prison.

Manafort and Gates were the first two people indicted in Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

In a final back and forth between lawyers over Gates's credibility, the focus turned to his decision to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which Manafort's defence have portrayed as an attempt to save his own skin.

During the trial's first week, Mr Trump lashed out publicly against Mr Mueller and said the entire effort should be stopped "right now". But Trump has shown interest in the proceedings, tweeting support for Manafort and suggesting he has been treated worse than gangster Al Capone.

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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. Manafort business partner Rick Gates testified Tuesday that it was Weissmann who confronted him about a lie he had told special counsel investigators, and it was Weissmann who told him he would have to admit to that lie in an additional charge to keep his plea deal with the special counsel's office alive. Gates testified on Tuesday that the email chain took place when Manafort's accountants revealed that the actual amount owed by Manafort in taxes would be higher than they had projected earlier.

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