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Downing implied that Gates had lied on the stand, leading senior U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III, the 78-year-old Ronald Reagan nominee overseeing the trial, to confer with both sides at the bench. Downing asking, drawing an immediate objection from Greg Andres, the special counsel's lead prosecutor.

So far, 18 witnesses have testified in the former Trump campaign chairman's trial.

The prosecution produced an undated email exchange between Mr Manafort and Mr Gates which outlines the amount of tax the campaign chief might have to pay. Many of those could have been business expenses, the agent said, but the other millions of dollars certainly should have been disclosed to the IRS as income.

Welch is a 34-year IRS veteran and worked on more than 500 criminal investigations. He said there were 15 secret accounts.

The vendors testified about how Manafort paid for his luxury goods, including cars and custom suits, by using direct wire transfers from accounts overseas. None of those accounts was reported to the IRS as required by USA law. Gates recounted how he and Manafort used more than a dozen offshore shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus to funnel the money, all while concealing the accounts and the income from the IRS.

Welch had told jurors that Manafort didn't report at least $16 million on his tax returns between 2010 and 2014. Gates said the man schooled them on how to shield their operations from scrutiny by tax collectors. Gates was asked about 11 Cypriot accounts, and he testified that they were all owned by Ukrainian businessmen.

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

"I'm here. I'm trying to change", he said. He finished his testimony Wednesday, Day 7 of the trial.

Ellis has repeatedly pushed prosecutors to whittle down their case to save time.

On Wednesday, defense attorneys pressed Rick Gates, Manafort's former business associate, on details of his personal life before a packed courtroom.

Gates, who had been on stand for more than seven hours by conclusion of Tuesday's testimony, is anticipated to be on stand for an additional hour more of cross-examination, according to Manafort's attorneys. Gates had testified earlier in the trial about one extra-marital affair.

Downing asked Gates if he recalled telling the special counsel's office that he'd had four different extramarital affairs. So frequent were Gates's crimes that he could not answer definitively when asked if he had stolen money from the Trump inauguration committee, for which he served as deputy chairman.

Mr. Gates admitted over three days to various crimes, including some he said he committed with Mr. Manafort and others he carried out on his own.

Gates added that Manafort also wanted to give the businessman a heads-up about the FBI's interest in the offshore accounts as part of the USA government's efforts to recover assets stolen under former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

The interview was part of an FBI investigation that sought to recover assets looted from the Ukrainian government under former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort's defense attorneys have attempted to pin responsibility on Gates for the wrongdoing Manafort is charged with. Downing had said he wanted to ask the question because it spoke to whether Gates had lied to Mueller's office, and whether Gates' plea agreement would still be valid.

Paul Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing on Wednesday asked whether longtime Manafort deputy Rick Gates had four extramarital affairs - and not just one overseas 10 years ago - implying that Gates might have lied to special counsel Robert Mueller's team and could put his plea deal in jeopardy.



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