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Rick Gates admits extramarital affair in London, as defense tears into ‘secret life’

Rick Gates, the star witness in the federal case against ex-Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort, on Tuesday acknowledged having an extramarital relationship in London while working for Manafort as the defense accused him of leading a “secret” and “second” life.

For the last two days in court, Gates has testified that he and Manafort committed bank and tax fraud together.

But during cross-examination on Tuesday, the defense painted Gates as living a “secret life” in London and accused him of embezzling money from Manafort’s foreign accounts at center of the trial to indulge in an extramarital affair in the United Kingdom.

“I’ve acknowledged there was a period where I had another relationship,” said Gates, who is married.

Gates’ testimony also touched on an aspect of the Trump campaign. He described emails he received from Manafort about the chances that an economic adviser might be up for the post of Army secretary. Gates said the emails also asked for inauguration tichets for the adviser and his son.

In an aggressive cross-examination on Tuesday, Manafort’s lead attorney, Kevin Downing, said to Gates: “You stole from Mr. Manafort.”

Downing accused Gates of lying on expense reports to make trips to London and around Europe.


Gates acknowledged during testimony on Monday to embezzling money from Manafort. But on Tuesday, he denied using that money to finance his extramarital relationship, saying he used “bonus money” and “family money.”

The questioning is part of the Manafort defense strategy of presenting Gates to the jury as someone who lies and cannot be trusted. Read more

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Rick Gates admits extramarital affair in London, as defense tears into ‘secret life’