Manafort prosecutors stuck with a star witness who has admitted to lying
Rick Gates — and the lies he’s admitted telling — to take center stage at Paul Manafort’s trialThis kind of witness can be a cross-examination dream come true. I think the jury can expect to hear the defense claim that Gates lied to Manafort and to others and he is lying now to save himself and incriminate Manafort. The jury may buy that argument.
Manafort’s former protege, who also served as a top Trump campaign aide, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is now a star witness for the prosecution, which is trying to convince a jury that Manafort repeatedly instructed Gates to lie, and that many of those lies were crimes.