On Wednesday, after eliciting an admission from Gates that his plea agreement could be thrown out if he lied, leading to further charges, Downing asked him if had told the Special Counsel "that you actually engaged in four extramarital affairs?"
While Gates and others have pleaded guilty, Manafort has refused to strike a deal and legal experts say he may be holding out hopes of a pardon from Trump. Gates was initially charged with Manafort but pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in February. Since then, Gates has assisted special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Manafort's lawyers have not yet indicated whether they plan to call witnesses as part of his defense. Magionos also detailed personal payments made by Manafort to companies and services through his many offshore accounts.
During questioning by prosecutors on Tuesday, Gates said that Manafort had emailed him in late 2016 asking for the incoming Trump administration to consider tapping Calk for Secretary of the Army.
Judge T.S. Ellis said he was "probably wrong" for criticizing prosecutors over one of their witnesses, IRS revenue agent Michael Welch, being in the courtroom observing the trial leading up to his testimony, according to CNN.
"I'm here to tell the truth and take responsibility for my actions", Gates said in response to a question from Downing about his trustworthiness. Downing asked Gates if he recalled telling the special counsel's office that he'd had four different extramarital affairs.More news: In the end, Pope's homeland rejects abortion law
"I have made many mistakes over many years", Gates, 46, replied.
"I've acknowledged there was a period where I had another relationship", said Gates, who is married. He initially tried to avoid admitting he purposefully lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about a 2013 meeting Manafort attended with a US congressman and tried to avoid using the term "embezzled" in relation to the inflated expense reports he submitted for reimbursement during his employment with Manafort.
Mr Manafort and Mr Gates were the first people indicted in Mr Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
In a tense day in court, the campaign strategist's longtime deputy, Rick Gates, told jurors how the pair were paid by Ukrainian oligarchs for their work as political consultants in the country.
For this Manafort was paid US$4million a year, in quarterly payments of US$1million, Gates recalled, though at some point the currency switched from USA dollars to Euros.
"Those appear to be substantially different, don't they?" defense attorney Richard Westling asked Magionos, showing her Manafort's signatures on a loan application to the Bank of California and one of the foreign banking documents.More news: Blues Set to Break World Record for Courtois Replacement
"The Ukrainians", Gates said, adding a layer to his statement Tuesday that he had stolen "Mr. Manafort's money". "In reality, it was basically money moving between accounts", Gates said.
Funds "should be in your account today". Referring to Manafort's pretrial confinement, Trump asked whether Manafort was being treated worse than Al Capone.
Prosecutors have noted that Gates and Manafort were not the targets of the investigation at the time of the interview.
"Pls make the 5 transfers listed below from the Leviathan account and confirm to me when completed", he wrote in an email to the Cypriot law firm that maintained signatory control over his accounts.
While the defense's strategy seems focused destroying Gates' trustworthiness in the eyes of the jury, prosecutors have sought to broaden their case so it's not completely reliant on him.More news: Lombok natural disaster : Strong aftershock amid rescue efforts