Trial of ex-Trump aide Manafort resumes, main witness awaited

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So she went ahead and filed the false tax return.

"It was not appropriate", Ms. Laporta said.

On Friday, a tax preparer named Cindy Laporta admitted that she helped disguise $900,000 in foreign income as a loan in order to reduce Manafort's tax burden. They were booked to the same Cyprus entity, bringing the total to $1.9 million. She works for Kositzka Wicks & Company in Alexandria.

Mr Manafort signed an agreement to account for that loan that was backdated, according to Ms Laporta and an exhibit shown to the jury. Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye asked.

Prosecutors showed so many photographs of his pricy threads that Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. eventually scolded prosecutors.

"Did you have concerns about representation you received about these foreign loans?"

"Let's move on, enough is enough", the judge said sternly, allowing the witness to describe the annual spending, but not the total amount over the five year period.

Another source close to the president told Sherman that Trump has his mind set on Sessions ending the probe altogether, and has spoken of a timeline of only a "couple of week".

In addition to Manafort's alleged criminal use of unreported foreign bank accounts, prosecutors say she will also be able to speak to his alleged criminal bank fraud charges. He pleaded guilty earlier this year and agreed to cooperate with the investigation, making him the government's star witness.

Most of the email evidence introduced today implicated Gates more directly than Manafort in a scheme to convert income into loans.

But Manafort then sent the same person at the bank, Dennis Raico, a financial statement for the first nine months of the year that said his company made $3 million.

Her testimony came on the trial's fourth day as prosecutors sought to drive home their case that Manafort tried to hide millions of dollars he earned working for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

Laporta's testimony took up most of the day on Friday as prosecutors used her to walk through several other documents they claim illustrate additional instances of tax and bank fraud from Manafort and Gates.

Manafort faces charges of bank fraud and tax evasion that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. His trial is the first to make its way to jurors after indictments from special counsel Robert Mueller.

Joyce Vance, a law professor at the University of Alabama, explained on MSNBC Friday that Manafort may yet prove himself to be a key figure in a potential case of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to interfere in the election.

Though the names of those companies appeared on wire transfers and at times on his bookkeeper's ledger, both Manafort's accountants and his bookkeeper say they never knew the companies - and corresponding offshore bank accounts - were controlled by Manafort.

Some of the maneuvers were at the request of Gates, while others implicated Manafort, Laporta testified.

The defense in the case is likely to subject Gates to an intensive cross-examination after arguing during opening statements that he embezzled millions of dollars from Manafort and then turned against him under pressure from Mueller.

In the beginning of a hugely anticipated courtroom showdown, Gates told jurors that he siphoned off the money without Manafort's knowledge by filing false expense reports. He said he would talk to Gates about Manafort's tax returns because Manafort had authorized it. Mr. Gates said he would "chase down signatures", an indication that the letter was fake.

Paul Manafort (right) and his lawyer, Kevin Downing, arrive at the federal courthouse for a motion hearing./Victoria Pickering (Flickr). It was KWC's express policy to ask such questions via engagement letters. The indictment says he and Gates moved money from Ukraine through foreign bank accounts to hide it from the Internal Revenue Service.

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