Even If Paul Manafort’s Goose Is Cooked, Rick Gates’s Testimony Was a Total Dumpster Fire

- Agustus 08, 2018

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a lawyer (IANAL), I’ve never tried a case (though my mom was a huge Perry Mason fan), and that I think Paul Manafort’s goose is cooked because he’s being tried in a jurisdiction hostile to Trump and to Republicans and because he’s guilty. Having said that, if the jury does have a true belief that the prosecution must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, I think they are in trouble after yesterday’s testimony by their star witness, Paul Manafort’s own Benedict Arnold, Rick Gates.

Back in February, Gates entered a guilty plea on charges of tax evasion, violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and for lying to investigators while he was trying giving testimony required by his plea agreement. This last should have sent signal flares into the ionosphere for the prosecution.

I’m going to rely on a series of tweets that have images from the actual trial transcript.

As I said, no matter what presumption a jury is supposed to have, the very fact that you are on trial leads most folks to believe that you’ve done something because otherwise you wouldn’t have been arrested. That said, Gates, who had a perfect memory under direct questioning from the prosecution on Monday…even though that didn’t go all that well…

can’t remember much besides his name when under cross examination. He’s also forced to admit to numerous embezzlements of Manafort and others. And he has to admit that he was caught in a lie by prosecutors while trying to negotiate a plea deal and he is caught in a lie on the stand. More to the point, it is clear that the only evidence of Manafort’s involvement in all of the schemes is Gates’s uncorroborated testimony.

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