Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates testified Monday that he had committed crimes with Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Manafort is currently on trial in Alexandria, Va., on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud. The charges are unrelated to Manafort’s work on the Trump campaign and mostly relate to activities he was involved in before Manafort joined the campaign.
The prosecution called its star witness to the stand Monday afternoon, asking if Gates was “involved in any criminal activity” with Manafort, his former business associate.
“Yes,” Gates answered, according to several reporters in the room during the exchange.
“Did you commit any crimes with Mr. Manafort?” prosecutor Uzo Asonye asked.
“Yes,” Gates replied.
Gates later testified that one of his crimes was stealing money directly from Manafort. He admitted on the stand that he had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort.
Gates testified he and Manafort had 15 foreign accounts that they did not report to the federal government. Gates said he knew such actions were illegal, but he did not submit the required tax forms “at Mr. Manafort’s direction.”
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