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Aug 10, 2018

This Week: Cohen Being Probed For Tax Fraud, Manafort’s Protégé Tells All

During Paul Manafort’s federal trial in Alexandria, VA, Manafort’s ex-protégé, Rick Gates, testified that the pair committed crimes together, underreporting Manafort’s income on tax filings and lying to accountants and bookkeepers about his loans. Gates also admitted that he lived a “secret life,” embezzling money from Manafort and using it to fund an apartment in London where he carried out multiple extramarital affairs. Gates testified that he spoke to the special counsel about his time at the Trump campaign, but Mueller’s team prevented him from going further on this topic. Manafort’s former accountant was fired after admitting that she filed Manafort’s tax returns despite knowing that they contained false information. An ex-employee at a bank that provided Manafort $16 million in loans testified that the first one was approved the day after the bank’s CEO, Stephen Calk, said at a meeting that he wanted a job with the Trump administration. Emails show that Manafort pushed Gates to have Calk be…

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