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

Kirsters Baish| As the Paul Manafort tax evasion and bank fraud trial heats up this week, the defense successfully portrayed former Manafort business associate and the prosecution’s “star witness” Rick Gates as the liar and embezzler that he is. Manafort’s legal team exposed Gates’ secret life during Tuesday’s cross-examination in which he spent millions on a lavish secret lifestyle for himself.

The Gateway Pundit reports that Gates originally plead guilty and agreed to comply with the prosecution. He was labeled as Mueller’s “star witness.”

Things all fell apart for Gates on Tuesday during his cross-examination. Gates actually perjured himself on the stand. Things are not looking good for Mueller’s team now.

The Guardian reports that on Tuesday, the witness seemed nervous as the defense questioned him. He continually used non-specific phrases such as “it’s possible” and “I don’t recall.”

The defense continually took swipes at the witness’ credibility. 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?”