Rick Gates, testifying in Manafort trial, admits to affair, London apartment

The case is being prosecuted by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"I'm here to tell the truth and take responsibility for my actions", Gates said in response to a question from Downing about his trustworthiness.

Prosecutors will likely draw Gates back to those facts and away from his own misbehavior on redirect examination.

"I've acknowledged there was a period where I had another relationship", said Gates, who is married.

"It's not a secret life", Gates said. He said there were 15 secret accounts. "I had a period of time when I had another relationship", he added.

Downing also asked whether he submitted personal expenses when he worked for Republican Trump's inaugural committee.

Kevin Downing, right, attorney for Paul Manafort, leaves federal court after attending the trial on tax evasion and bank fraud of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman in Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday. Walter Mack, Brown's lawyer, declined comment. The special counsel's office has pushed back against the leak allegation, and while an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent testified he was present at a meeting with AP reporters about Manafort, the agent said the AP was offered little more than a "no comment" and an acknowledgement that their reporters were generally on track.

Judge TS Ellis III called both legal teams to the bench for a private conference. In addition, he pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators.

Update from the Paul Manafort trial: Rick Gates admitted... everything in testimony yesterday.

Downing outlined how Gates gave false and misleading information to the special counsel after he had entered his plea agreement.

Prosecutor Greg Andres pointed out he had created a "loan forgiveness letter between Mr. Manafort and Mr. Manafort".

Prosecutors sandwiched the testimony of Gates around other witnesses who, in sometimes dry and detailed testimony, described Manafort's lavish spending and use of offshore accounts to stash Ukrainian political consulting fees. He challenged the witness: "Have they [the special counsel's office] confronted you with so many lies you can't remember any of it?"

The 46-year-old, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is cooperating with the government, began the day by describing how he helped Manafort evade United States taxes on millions of dollars earned from political consulting work they did in Ukraine.

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".

He also made clear he was testifying against Mr Manafort in the hopes of receiving a lesser prison sentence, having pleaded guilty as part of a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Manafort's accountant was asked about a purported $10 million loan from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. He was aware that Manafort was acting as an unregistered foreign agent in lobbying for Ukraine, he said.

Gates' earlier testimony on Tuesday, meanwhile, centered on how Ukrainian businessmen paid Manafort for his consultancy work.

Prosecutors also say the men falsified documents to lie to banks in order to qualify Manafort for loans. "We need to discuss Steve Calk for Sec (retary) of the Army", Manafort wrote to Gates in an email on November 24, 2016.

Government lawyers have previously referred to Yanukovych as Manafort's "golden goose".

Michael Zeldin, a former federal prosecutor, said that in Downing's remaining hour of cross-examination on Wednesday, he needs to keep painting Gates as an unreliable person who can not be trusted. He said of Manafort: "I believe he understood his name would not be represented, nor would mine". She said Manafort's passport was used to open many of them in USA dollars, euros and British pounds.

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