Mueller’s number one witness Rick Gates admitted that he stole several hundred thousand dollars while he worked for Paul Manafort.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafortâ€™s former business partner Rick Gates admitted in court Monday to stealing â€œseveral hundred thousandâ€ dollars from Manafort while committing financial fraud on his behalf.
Gates, who also served as a Trump campaign aid, acknowledged a number of crimes during his testimony in Alexandria, includingÂ failing to discloseÂ 15 foreign accountsÂ to the federal government â€œat Mr. Manafortâ€™s direction.â€ Gates previously interned for Manafort at the lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly and continued to work for Manafort when he left the firm in 2006, reports CNN.
The testimony comes after Gates agreed in February to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller in the tax and bank fraud trial of Manafort.Â
Although this doesn’t rule him out as a credible witness it certainly brings his credibility into question. Gates clearly didn’t think too highly of Manafort while he worked with him and the fact he stole from him shows the little respect he had for Manafort.