Mueller’s Crucifixion Of Manafort Falling Apart: Star Wittness Commits Perjury, Gets Called On It By Judge

The fire is in full heat as the Paul Manafort tax evasion and bank fraud trial begins.

To his benefit, the defense was able to portray former Manafort business associate and the prosecutions key witness Rick Gates as the phony embezzler that he truly is. 

Manaforts’s legal team was able to paint the true picture of Rick Gates as the liar who embezzled millions of dollars to fund his second life with his mistress in a cross-examination.

Despite Gates being Mueller’s star witness, he originally pleaded guilty and promised to comply with the prosecution.

Gates fell apart at the stand and perjured himself, which is very detrimental for the prosecution. Unfortunately, it is not looking so good for Mueller’s team at the moment. 

One thing is clear, the witness was nervous when he was being questioned by the defense team. His wording was very awkward as he used terms such as “it’s possible” and “I don’t recall.”

Even the defense attacked as they continued to take punches at the witness’ credibility. 

From the fbnewscycle:

Kevin Downing, an attorney to Manafort, actually asked Gates at one point, “After all the lies you’ve told and fraud you’ve committed, you expect this jury to believe you?”

“Yes.” Gates answered.

The court transcripts for Tuesday have been released, and they prove that Gates lost it on the stand. He lied multiple times and perjured himself in open court. Judge T.S. Ellis was not happy to say the least.

The transcripts were obtained by a lawyer who got to the bottom of the case’s drama. The lawyer pointed out where Gates was lying and where he committed perjury.

Take a look at the thread from Techno Fog:

“One thing is clear: Gates is lying and the Special Counsel has suborned perjury with their star witness.

Haven’t seen a witness with this bad a selective memory in a while. Transcript to follow.”

“Defense: ‘Do you recall when you first started giving false and misleading information to the Office of the Special Counsel?’

Gates avoids directly answering the question – indicating how he was coached by the Special Counsel.”

That was when Gates committed perjury.

“Manafort’s lawyer persists, and here we catch Rick Gates in his first lie:

‘I didn’t provide false and misleading information to the Special Counsel’s office.’

Their star witness just committed perjury.”

Judge Ellis slammed the witness for lying.

“Defense: If you didn’t lie, then why did you plead guilty to providing false information?

Gates backtracks: ‘Under one instance I did.’

Judge Ellis calls Gates out: ‘Well, so previously, you said you didn’t provide false information.’”

The witness blamed his “bad recollection” as to why he claimed that he had lied to the special counsel.

The judge slammed him again for lying.

Then, crooked Andrew Weissmann questioned Gates about his lying.

Manafort’s attorneys pushed Gates and actually got him to admit that he “knowingly and intentionally lied.”

“This guy has ZERO credibility.”

Gates lied again!

Gates shifted his language.

Another lie here.

Manafort’s lawyers were out for a kill.

Judge Ellis slammed Rick Gates once more after he stated, “Mr. Manafort was very good about knowing where the money is and knowing where to spend it.”

Judge Ellis answered, “Well, he missed the amounts of money you stole from him, though, didn’t he?”

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