Paul Manafort Kept Staring As Rick Gates Admitted Committing Crimes

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While it's big news that a former Trump campaign aide admitted committing crimes with a former Trump campaign manager, reporters can't seem to get over Manafort's icy stare.

It's been a dramatic week for the Trump team.

On Aug. 5, President Donald Trump essentially admitted his campaign contacted Russians to get dirt on then-Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

A day later, former Trump campaign aide, Rick Gates, testified he was involved with former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in various crimes, such as doctoring financial documents, lying to banks for loans and committing tax fraud — all at Manafort's discretion.

It was an explosive testimony, of course.

However, that wasn't the only thing that caught the attention of the journalists present in the packed Alexandria, Virginia.

Reporters covering the trial can't seem to get over Manafort's "icy" stare at Gates, as he admitted breaking the law, according to Politico.

“At Mr. Manafort’s request we did not disclose foreign bank accounts,” Gates told the jury, adding their relationship was strictly about business. “Outside of business we did not socialize.”

Throughout his testimony, Gates avoided eye contact with his former business associate of at least a decade.

Meanwhile, Manafort continued to glare at him, according to Jim Sciutto, CNN chief national security correspondent.

 

 

Gates also stated the names of the shell companies that he had set up in Cyprus, St. Vincent,  the Grenadines and the United Kingdom with Manafort to cover up the tens of millions of dollars the former campaign manager made in Ukraine while working for pro-Russian politicians.

At one point, when Gates was asked if the money in the accounts was Manafort's income, he replied: “It was.”

Manafort's trial is the first case stemming from charges brought by the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Gates pleaded guilty in February to conspiring against the US and lying to investigators, agreeing to cooperate with Mueller's team.

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