Now things are getting good.
Courtesy of ABC News:
“Did you commit crimes with Mr. Manafort?” asked prosecutor Greg Andres.
“Yes”, Gates replied.
Gates said he conspired with Manafort to falsify tax returns, knowingly failed to report foreign bank accounts and failed to register Manafort as a foreign agent.
In court on Monday, a retired carpenter, a clothier and a high-end landscaper detailed how Manafort paid them in international wire transfers from offshore companies.
Gates testified that he and Manafort had 15 foreign accounts they did not report to the U.S. government, and knew that was illegal.
“Mr. Manafort requested I make wire transfers from the foreign accounts,” Gates said. “At Mr. Manafort’s request … we did not disclose the foreign bank accounts.”
Gates also admitted he embezzled money from his boss — something Manafort’s attorneys have alleged for months.
“I added money to expense reports and created expense reports” that were not accurate, he said, to pad his salary by “several hundred thousand [dollars].”
So not only did Gates and Manafort steal from the government together, and failed to register as foreign agents, but Gates also stole from his partner.
Wow, there really is no honor among thieves.
The article points out that there was no mention of Trump or his campaign, however, it is noted that some of the crimes described took place while Manafort was still running Trump’s campaign.
By the way, if you don’t recognize that all of this is going to lead right to the revelations that Trump also engaged in similar illegal activities you might as well hang up your Sherlock Holmes deerstalker cap right now.
After all, Robert Mueller did not give Gates all of this immunity from his truckload of crimes for shits and giggles.
Definitely going to need to stock up on popcorn.