Paul Manafort’s legal team painted Rick Gates, a former business associate to Manafort as a liar who embezzled millions of dollars to fund his secret life with his mistress in a blistering cross-examination Tuesday.

Rick Gates previously pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller; he was even referred to as the Special Counsel’s ‘star witness.’

On Tuesday, the Special Counsel’s ‘star witness’ Rick Gates fell apart during the cross-examination and perjured himself which is very damning for the prosecution.

Gates appeared nervous on Tuesday, using the phrases “it’s possible” and “I don’t recall” many times as he was grilled by Manafort’s lawyers, reported The Guardian.

Manafort’s lawyers continued to erode Gates’ credibility. At one point Manafort’s lawyer Kevin Downing asked Gates, “After all the lies you’ve told and fraud you’ve committed, you expect this jury to believe you?”

“Yes.” Gates replied.


Tuesday’s court transcripts are in and it shows Rick Gates completely fell apart, lied many times and perjured himself–which of course infuriated Judge Ellis.

A lawyer who obtained Tuesday’s transcripts breaks down the courtroom drama and shows where Rick Gates was caught lying and committed perjury.

Follow the thread via 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.


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 blasts Rick Gates 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.”