The Manafort trial: Guilty on 8 counts

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries and Sophie Tatum, CNN

Updated 8:10 p.m. ET, August 21, 2018
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11:27 a.m. ET, August 8, 2018

Why Gates was asked about his "secret life"

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Following Manfort’s defense attorney’s question to Rick Gates on whether he had disclosed four extramarital affairs to the special counsel — a question to which prosecutor Greg Andres objected — Judge T.S. Ellis then had a private conversation, out of earshot of the jury, with both sets of lawyers about whether Downing could ask about other extramarital affairs. 

What Manafort's attorney said: Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing had said he wanted to ask the question because it spoke to whether Gates had lied to the special counsel's office, and whether Gates' plea agreement would still be valid. 

Once the judge talked to the lawyers, however, Downing wasn't able to re-ask Gates the question about four extramarital affairs. 

Instead, he asked Gates more broadly: "Does your secret life span over many years?"

Gates responded yes. "I made many mistakes over many years," he said.

His three days on the witness stand then ended. 

11:23 a.m. ET, August 8, 2018

Manafort trial on break until 11:45. Up next: an FBI accountant will testify.

From CNN's Elizabeth Landers and Liz Stark

The witness Morgan Magionos, an FBI forensic accountant who traced Paul Manafort's wire transfers, has been called to testify by the prosecutors, but he has not yet taken the stand.

The judge and attorneys discussed whether Magionos would be able to read emails Manafort sent and review his phone records. Judge T.S. Ellis is currently considering what he'll decide. 

The court proceedings have a break until 11:45 a.m.

11:20 a.m. ET, August 8, 2018

Gates has finished testifying

From CNN's Liz Stark and Katelyn Polantz

During re-cross examination, defense attorney Kevin Downing suggested that Rick Gates may have had additional extramarital affairs when he asked Gates if he had disclosed to the government that he had four extramarital affairs. 

Prosecutor Greg Andres objected to the question on relevance grounds, and they are now in bench conference with Judge T.S. Ellis.

Gates did not answer the question.

Gates previously admitted in court to having one affair almost a decade ago and expressed regret for it.

10:35 a.m. ET, August 8, 2018

Prosecutors just asked Gates if the government told him how to answer questions

From CNN's Liz Stark

Rick Gates was asked by prosecutor Greg Andres during redirect questioning today whether the special counsel's office had told him how to answer questions.

Here's how he answered:

"The only answer I was told was to tell the truth."

Gates previously testified that he had met with the government 20 times to prepare for his testimony in the Manafort trial.

10:20 a.m. ET, August 8, 2018

Cross-examination of Gates is over, and prosecutors expect to question him again for 30 more minutes

From CNN's Elizabeth Landers and Liz Stark

Rick Gates has taken the stand once again this morning in the trial of Paul Manafort in Alexandria, Virginia. 

He began at 9:52 a.m. ET with more cross-examination by Manafort’s defense attorney Kevin Downing. Downing finished cross-examination at exactly 10 a.m. 

Downing began by asking Gates about an FBI interview that he and Manafort participated in July 2014 about payments from Ukraine. Gates had testified to this interview during his direct examination yesterday. At the time, Gates had not answered many details about what Manafort had instructed him to do during that period. 

The interview was in regards to a forfeiture investigation between the Ukrainian gov't and FBI. Gates testified that he personally had revealed to the FBI that they had accounts in Cyprus and St. Vincent and the Grenadines — he said that he and Manafort did meet before his interview and that Manafort said that they should be "open" about the bank accounts. Gates testified that he named several of the banks accounts during his interview with the FBI. 

Downing asked if he was "open and truthful" with the investigators. Gates replied that he had been. 

Downing ended the cross-examination with a question about whether Gates was aware of Manafort's net worth in the 2015-2016 period. Gates answered that he wasn't privy to Manafort's personal net worth but he thought it would be in the realm of $6-10 million

What happens next: Prosecutor Greg Andres estimated that he would need about 30 more minutes for redirect examination of Gates.

9:57 a.m. ET, August 8, 2018

Day 7 of the trial has officially started

From CNN's Aaron Cooper

Court started today at 9:50 a.m. ET, marking the 7th day of trial for President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The judge is now on the bench.

What we're expecting today: Manafort's former deputy-turned-prosecutor's witness Rick Gates returns to the courtroom today for a third day of testimony.

9:24 a.m. ET, August 8, 2018

Court will reconvene today at 9:30 a.m. ET

Paul Manafort's former deputy-turned-prosecutor's witness Rick Gates is expected to return to the courtroom Wednesday for a third day of testimony against the former Trump campaign chairman.

Yesterday, on Day 6, Gates testified against Manafort for more than six hours.

Gates described in detail his crimes against his employer and even an extramarital affair he'd had, while turning the knife on his longtime boss by outlining the crimes he claims Manafort directed him to commit.

Manafort's team, meanwhile, has hung much of its strategy on carving away at what Gates says.

Defense attorney Kevin Downing pushed as hard as he could for the last two hours of Tuesday's proceedings to get a rise out of Gates, who refused to engage with more than flat, passionless responses.

Gates even refused to call the man he had known for decades and worked under for years "Paul," instead referring to the defendant as "Mr. Manafort." The pair avoided all eye contact.

6:03 p.m. ET, August 7, 2018

Here's what happened on day six of the Manafort trial

Day six of Paul Manafort's trial has concluded. Here's everything you need to know:

  • The witness: Rick Gates, Manafort's former right-hand man, was the sole witness on Tuesday.
  • What Gates said: Gates provided specifics about how he and an accountant for Manafort prepared fake documents to send to a bank to secure a loan. Gates also admitted to having an extramarital affair a decade ago, but disputed the contention from Manafort’s lawyer that he was embezzling money to fund his affair. Gates also told the court that Manafort recommended banker Stephen Calk as Secretary of the Army. Calk is a banker whose bank allegedly loaned Manafort money on false pretenses.
  • The emails: Prosecutors showed emails between Manafort and Gates that confirm Gates' story that Manafort directed moving the money his consulting company earned from Ukraine through Cypriot accounts. 
  • Gates' testimony: He will return to the stand at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.
5:55 p.m. ET, August 7, 2018

"Mr. Manafort had a great day in court," his attorney says

From CNN's Christine Lien

Upon leaving the courthouse, Paul Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing was asked how Tuesday's testimony went. 

“Mr. Manafort had a great day in court," he said.

Downing grilled Manafort's former deputy Rick Gates on the stand, asking him about an extramarital affair and embezzlement.