Rick Gates — the star witness against President Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager — admitted in federal court Monday that he committed a host of crimes with his former boss, and confessed to stealing from him and others.
In his first hour on the witness stand, Gates catalogued years of crimes, saying most of his wrongdoing was committed on behalf of his former boss, Paul Manafort, while other crimes were for his own benefit, including the theft of hundreds thousands of dollars. Gates also made clear he was testifying against Manafort in the hopes of receiving a lesser prison sentence, having pleaded guilty in February as part of a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Manafort's trial in Alexandria is the first to arise out the Mueller probe and marks a major public test of that investigation's credibility. Mueller's team is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and whether any Trump associates conspired with those efforts.
During the trial's first week, Trump lashed out publicly against Mueller and said the entire effort should be stopped "right now."
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