No meandering permitted in Manafort trial judge's courtroom

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Ayliff testified that in the process of filing Manafort's tax returns, the former Trump campaign chairman had multiple opportunities to disclose foreign bank accounts but did not do so.

Andres asked Washkuhn if it would have been important to know about any foreign accounts held by Manafort, who is accused of bank and tax fraud.

That's according to testimony Friday as prosecutors seek to pull up the curtain on how the former Donald Trump aide allegedly concealed his earnings from working as a political operative in Ukraine.

Manafort faces charges of bank fraud and tax evasion that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

But a pressing question hangs over the entire trial: What does any of this have to do with the Trump campaign and the 2016 election, which Mueller was initially directed to investigate? Mr Gates pleaded guilty in February and is expected to testify against Mr Manafort, possibly next week.

Manafort's defense team has already signaled that it will paint Gates as an embezzler and liar who took advantage of Manafort and flouted the law without his boss's knowledge.

Cynthia Laporta, aertified public accountant with the firm KWC who is testifying with immunity, admitted she did have concerns about the representations given to her about loans by Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates.

"Rick said it was too high" and that Manafort "didn't have that money", Laporta said in response questions by prosecutor Uzo Asonye.

US prosecutors shifted away from showcasing Paul Manafort's excesses and toward the core of their fraud accusations against him, offering evidence that he was deeply in debt as he submitted crudely altered financial statements to secure bank loans.

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Washkuhn also detailed how after Manafort's political consulting money from Ukraine stopped rolling in, around 2015, he and his company began piling up debt and financial woes.

Prosecutors have already relayed evidence they said showed Manafort personally directed millions of dollars in worldwide wire transfers to pay for high-end suits and more than $3 million in improvements at various houses. Laporta said she believed Paranova to be a client of Manafort's worldwide consulting firm but otherwise received no information or documents related to said entities.

He also said Gates never asked him to hide information from Manafort and that the two men were often on calls together to discuss taxes. Asked why she sent the e-mail if she knew the loan wasn't real, she said: "I was still feeling pretty disturbed about the tax return filed as it was". Other financial records showed that Mr. Manafort's company, DMP International, finished 2016 almost $1.2 million in debt.

The prosecution is alleging that Manafort purposely tried to inflate his reported income in statements he submitted to banks to secure loans to maintain his exorbitant lifestyle. He also allegedly failed to declare he had stashed some of his income in foreign bank accounts; failing to declare those foreign accounts to US authorities is a crime.

"I would say [Manafort] was very knowledgeable; he was very detail oriented", Washkuhn said.

Gates will carry the weight of those lies with him to the witness stand, and defense lawyers have made clear their strategy is to blame Gates for any crimes that may have occurred. "Let's move on, enough is enough", Ellis said during the trial.

Bookkeepers and accountants are expected to testify in the third day of trial for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

His plea documents count at least five specific falsehoods he told authorities: that he was told by Manafort that a meeting about Ukraine was not about Ukraine; that he did not lobby US officials about Ukraine; that he did not recall lobbying meetings about Ukraine; that he had served merely as "a means of introduction" for others to talk to USA officials about Ukraine; that their firm did not retain emails longer than 30 days. But it is nearly impossible to imagine Manafort convincing the jury that Rick Gates was committing crimes and poor Paul Manafort had no idea.

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