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All eyes on 'right-hand man' as Manafort trial resumes

All eyes on 'right-hand man' as Manafort trial resumes

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. It's the first courtroom test of Mueller's team, which is tasked with looking into Russia's efforts to interfere with the US election and whether the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Moscow to sway voters. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

During her testimony, Laporta said she engaged in multiple conversations with both Rick Gates and Paul Manafort.

When asked if she believed Mr. Manafort would actually receive the money, Ms. Laporta responded, "I have no idea". 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.

A defense lawyer for Manafort encouraged jurors in his opening statement to consider whether prosecutors had enough evidence to begin an audit of Manafort.

Washkuhn also said profit and loss statements Manafort submitted to obtain bank loans contained false information.

When prosecutor Greg Andres read off some of the offshore companies to Manafort's bookkeeper, she said Manafort never told her about them.

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The document stated that Manafort's consulting firm had a net income of $3,011,952. "I could have refused to file the tax return", which she said could lead to litigation with Manafort's firm.

In Friday's testimony, and throughout the trial thus far, neither Trump nor Russian Federation has been discussed, as evidence has focused on Manafort's work as a consultant in the years before he joined Trump's campaign in the presidential election year.

The jury heard testimony from the chief operating officer of an audio and visual equipment company that did lucrative business with Manafort.

She said Mr Gates told her in a conference call the income level "was too high" and proposed reclassifying a portion of it as a loan.

The tax preparer, Philip Ayliff, replied decisively: "Mr. Manafort".

In another 2016 discussion of a loan application at Citizen's Bank, Manafort and Gates told LaPorta that they don't qualify for a loan because of a 2012 $1.5 loan from Peranova Holdings.

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Heather Washkuhn of accounting firm NKFSB says one of the false statements was inflated by as much as $4 million.

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Washkuhn testified that the income figure was not correct.

He said Weissmann was a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton and was also in attendance at what was supposed to be her election night victory party at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. He has played those roles throughout the trial, repeatedly scolding prosecutors to rein in their depictions of Manafort's lavish lifestyle and demanding that they "move it along".

In a court filing Friday, prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller's team say Manafort's lawyers want to point to the absence of an audit to suggest that the government "lacks sufficient evidence of a crime or rushed to proceed criminally when it should have proceeded civilly". Once that happens, Manafort's defense team will present its case to try and persuade the jury of his innocence. Maxwell testified that some of the Manafort invoices shown to him from prosecutors appeared to be have been forged. It was unclear who created the invoices or how they were used.

"He is completely outraged by the way Manafort has been treated, with the solitary confinement and all of that", Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told The Post.

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One of the prosecution's witnesses, Maximillian Katzman - manager of the upscale Alan Couture store - testified that of his 40 regular customers, Manafort was the only one paying through worldwide wire transfer.


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