Dana Milbank: Manafort is on trial. So is Trump's judgment.
09 August, 2018, 23:18
Downing summed up his questioning by asking Gates: "After all these lies, and the fraud you have committed, you expect this jury to believe you?"
The testimony, stretching across three days, created an extraordinary courtroom showdown between the two former Trump campaign aides who were indicted together by Mueller but who have since opted for radically different strategies: Manafort is the lone American charged by Mueller to opt for trial, whereas Gates pleaded guilty and agreed to co-operate by testifying against his former boss.
Perhaps the Gates saga could boil down to one exchange about crime and consequences, and the decision he had made to turn on Manafort.
Although the allegations of collusion between Donald Trump and Russian Federation are not at issue in this trial, any significant blows to the government's case are likely be seized on by the president's defenders, including conservative media, to support his contention that Mueller's investigation is a "rigged witch-hunt".
Gates, Manafort's longtime right-hand man, pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of lying to an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in exchange for testifying against his former boss. Andres put it to him: "As you sit here today, do you have any doubt that if you lie, the special counsel's office will rip up your plea agreement?"
Gates, who is married and has four children, acknowledged having had a "relationship" a decade ago and admitted to stealing from his boss during a "difficult time" in his life by inflating personal expenses. He also refused to let them ask Manafort's former business associate Rick Gates about his reported extramarital affairs.
Andres quickly rose to his feet to interrupt: "Objection!"
The trial in federal court, which finished its seventh day on Wednesday, is the first stemming from Mueller's probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 USA presidential election. A device was activated to generate white noise so their conversation could not be heard. Gates testified that he sent other falsified documents at Manafort's request, and Laporta said she made false representations to banks after conversations with Manafort and Gates.
After about five minutes, the judge and lawyers returned to their positions, and Downing appeared to have lost the battle.
The prosecutors and judge stopped Gates from answering the question, yet he still ended his testimony by saying he had "made many mistakes over many years". Gates also provided the first witness testimony that overlaps with Trump's presidential campaign.
The dispute with Ellis follows a dramatic three days in which Manafort's protégé, Rick Gates, implicated his former boss in a years-long financial scheme while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility. Based on the witnesses prosecutors have said they intend to call, Thursday will focus on the bank fraud they say he turned to after his Ukraine political work dried up.
Morgan Magionos used her own charts along with financial and tax records and emails to buttress the government's detailed accounting of how the former Trump campaign chairman bankrolled an extravagant lifestyle without reporting hidden millions to the government.
The interview was part of an FBI investigation that sought to recover assets looted from the Ukrainian government under former president Viktor Yanukovych. "We need to discuss Steve Calk for Sec (retary) of the Army", Manafort wrote to Gates in an email on November 24, 2016. The meeting has previously been cited in court documents.
"When did you start providing false and misleading information to the special counsel's office?" the defence counsel asked bluntly. Andres asked on Wednesday.
The Maryland company did not immediately respond early Thursday to a request for comment from The Associated Press. Sinclair is the nation's largest local broadcaster, reaching about 4 in 10 USA households through TV stations.
However, Gustav Klimt bounced back with a fine performance at the Barronstown Stud Irish European Breeders Fund in June last year. Gustav Klimt moved to the inside down the final furlong and found just enough speed to beat out his compatriot Nebo by a head .
We understand that if any other country claims that they are part of its national territory, this may have severe consequences. Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during a press conference in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Tuesday.
He was runner-up behind Big River in the Edinburgh Gin Handicap Hurdle at Kelso and he then placed third at Newbury in March. Those having a bet on the Grand National will find him available at 16/1 with Paddy Power in the ante-post list.
Once they show up in the sky, the Perseids appear to radiate from the Constellation Perseus which has earned them their namesake. When is the Perseid meteor shower peak? If you're fearless enough to give it a try, make sure to follow these key tips by NASA .
It’s worth familiarising yourself with these categories, as it makes it easier to predict how any given racket will respond. By being less taught and more elastic, you can benefit from a better feel for the ball, and as a result, more power over it.
Supporters at some recent campaign events have also broken out in "Space Force" chants at the mention of the concept. The report says the "Department of Defense will marshal space resources into a Space Force".
Israel Releases Footage of Gaza Sea Barrier
A video distributed by the Israeli army appeared to show a tank striking a military post in the Gaza Strip. The men were both claimed as members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, a violent wing of Hamas .
Ruby Rose Wants to Be a Hero for Kids
Kate Kane is the second Batwoman in DC Comics' history, with the first being Kathy Kane, Bruce's aunt and Kate's mother. Rose will debut as Batwoman in this year's DC-CW crossover before spinning off into a solo pilot and potential series.
United Approach Atletico Over Signing Of Diego Godin
Atletico coach Diego Simeone spoke with Godin at the beginning of preseason to make it clear he wants him to stay. Any hope that Manchester United would sign Diego Godin on transfer deadline day didn't last very long at all.
I will fit in with Sarri's style at Chelsea - Kepa
Real Madrid also released a short statement of their own, which confirms that Kovacic will stay at Chelsea until June 30, 2019. Speaking about his move to Stamford Bridge, Kovacic expressed his excitement about the chance to play in the Premier League.
General Overview of Cisco CCNA R&S Questions and Answers
In addition to this, they will also build their skills and knowledge levels required to implement WLAN in a small/medium network. At the end of the course, they will also be able to resolve regular issues with EIGRP, STP, and OSPF in IPv4 and IPv6 networks.
The First Offline Date After Online Relationships
The Date Day: How To Behave When you meet your date offline for the first time, there are many things that can go wrong. That is a very responsible step that will either empower or destroy the already formed relationships.