‘Secret life’: Rick Gates forced to reveal affair at Manafort trial

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While Trump has not played a significant role in the trial, Gates testified on Tuesday that after the election, Manafort recommended a banker who had loaned him money to be Trump's Army secretary. They also need to prove he did so with intent and not by mistake.

Gates, who also worked on Trump's campaign, is the star witness against Manafort.

CNN reported Thursday that the filing referred to a conversation between trial attorneys and the judge after Manafort attorney Kevin Downing asked Gates, "Were you interviewed on several occasions about your time at the Trump campaign?"

Lawyers for Mr Manafort are determined to impugn the credibility of Mr Gates. But on Thursday, Ellis told jurors he went overboard when he erupted at prosecutors for allowing an expert witness to remain in the courtroom during the trial.

The eye-popping figures summed up a key portion of the prosecution's case following the conclusion of Manafort deputy Rick Gates' dramatic three-day testimony, during which he detailed how he and Manafort had 15 undisclosed foreign bank accounts and had falsified financial documents.

In a private conference on Monday, as former Manafort business partner-turned-government witness Richard Gates testified, prosecutor Greg Andres complained that Judge Ellis had blocked him from asking essential questions. The firm's director was known to Manafort and Gates as "Doctor K".

Manafort's "amazing full floor loft in Soho" disappeared from Airbnb during a monthlong period when he closed a $3.4 million mortgage on the NY property, after telling a bank it was a second home used by his family.

"I think he has to keep hammering at the point that Gates is not a credible witness and he can't be believed", he said.

Magionos testified that she reviewed 31 accounts tied to Manafort in Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the United Kingdom, and Manafort was listed as the beneficial owner on at least some of them.

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On Thursday morning, Mueller's team requested that Ellis issue a "curative instruction" to the jury, saying he has "mistakenly faulted" the prosecution.

Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has indicted more than 30 people - including 26 Russians - in connection with his probe into whether members of Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to help get the real estate tycoon elected.

Prosecutors said they plan to conclude their case on Friday.

But in reality, Manafort rented out the Howard Street loft on Airbnb for more than a year - as an "Amazing full floor loft in SoHo" - and still had a mortgage on the Brooklyn brownstone, James said. "I already admitted on the record that I took unauthorised funds from Mr Manafort".

The prosecution has said it expected to wrap up its case by week's end.

Manafort is charged with 18 counts of tax and banking crimes and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. After a back-and-forth discussion about how much income should be reclassified as a loan to aid Manafort, they settled on $900,000, she testified.

Prosecutors say Manafort misrepresented his debts to Citizens Bank when securing the $3.4 million mortgage, and ultimately obtained the mortgage by attesting that the other property had no mortgages.

Laporta ... said she knew what she did was "not appropriate", adding that "you can't pick and choose what's a loan and what's income". He finished his testimony Wednesday, Day 7 of the trial.

Gates, who pleaded guilty to charges in February and is co-operating for the possibility of a reduced sentence, testified that he helped Manafort falsify his tax returns, lie to banks to get loans and hide foreign bank accounts. "I thought he was needlessly evasive and argumentative", said Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. Attorney in MI who has been watching the trial and said she observed jurors reacting with negative body language as he testified.

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