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Rick Gates Admits Affair During Cross-Examination

He says it's possible he stole from Trump inauguration committee
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2018 3:36 AM CDT
This courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates, right, testifying during questioning in the bank fraud and tax evasion trial of Paul Manafort at federal court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.   (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
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(Newser) – There were more bombshells as Rick Gates' testimony in Paul Manafort's trial continued Tuesday, with the former Trump campaign chairman's defense team attacking the credibility of his erstwhile right-hand man. Gates, who has already admitted embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort, confessed to an extra-marital affair under cross-examination from Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, the Washington Post reports. "There was a period in my life, about 10 years ago, when I had a relationship, yes," the married 46-year-old said, though he denied that the first-class travel and luxury hotels involved were funded with money stolen from Manafort, reports the Guardian.

Gates—who served as deputy campaign chairman and was on President Trump's inauguration planning committee—admitted that it was "possible" he had stolen money from the inauguration by submitting false expenses claims, BuzzFeed reports. Gates also testified that Manafort, who left the campaign in Aug. 2016, had written to him suggesting that Steven Calk, one of his bankers, be appointed Secretary of the Army, reports CNBC. As Manafort stared at him, Gates, the prosecution's star witness, provided more details about how he had helped Manafort allegedly funnel millions of dollars from Ukrainian business partners into shell companies. (There was a strange exchange during a break in testimony.)

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