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MONTANARO: Well, so far, for governor, you have Kris Kobach, who’s the attorney general, running for governor who has the backing of President Trump. With about 95 percent of the votes in, Kobach is slightly ahead by only about 600 votes over the incumbent. Now, remember, Trump endorsed Kobach. He’s the guy who ran Trump’s Election Integrity Commission so someone that Trump has some loyalty to.

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GREENE: Which he did. He detailed all of his own crimes, years of embezzlement and the possibility that he might have stolen money from President Trump’s inaugural committee. Plus, he was forced to reveal an extramarital affair. It was not all about him, though. Gates also testified that Paul Manafort personally directed the creation of false financial statements and hid income in order to evade taxes.

MARTIN: NPR’s Ryan Lucas has been covering the trial and joins us now. Hey, Ryan.

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MARTIN: So all this admitted wrongdoing by Rick Gates gave Manafort’s defense attorneys an avenue of attack that has been anticipated. Right? They are going after Rick Gates’ credibility.

buy canada goose jacket cheap LUCAS: Absolutely. Manafort attorney Kevin Downing took Gates and the jury yesterday through, really, a lengthy list of wrongdoing that Gates has acknowledged as well as new allegations that Downing threw at him. So Gates was forced to explain to the jury how he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former business partner Paul Manafort. Downing also brought up fraud allegations as well as what Downing repeatedly referred to as Gates’ secret life. Canada Goose Jackets So that forced Gates to acknowledge, on the stand, to having an affair with a woman in London around a decade ago. Downing also dinged Gates on lies that he told the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators. And Gates struggled with this question, even though he’s pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. buy canada goose jacket cheap

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canada goose black friday sale LUCAS: That’s exactly right. The plea agreement was something that Downing dug into as well. Gates’ plea agreement he acknowledged actually under questioning Gates did that he could face decades in prison if convicted. And he did acknowledge that under his deal, he could receive a shorter sentence in exchange for his testimony. If he lies, though, as you said, that’s out the door. canada goose black friday sale

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canada goose clearance sale LUCAS: Well, the defense has another hour or so of cross examination of Gates this morning. We expect them to continue to really dig in on him. They have really, their whole case is based around Rick Gates and trying to convince the jury that Gates is responsible for much of the trouble that Manafort finds himself in. After that, prosecutors will have another chance to question Gates to undo any damage that may have been done to his credibility in the eyes of the jury. And after that, we hear to expect from maybe a few more government witnesses, including an FBI agent. But we Canada Goose Outlet do appear to be coming closer at least buy canada goose jacket cheap to the end of the case. We expect the government to wrap up its case by the end of this week for sure canada goose clearance sale.

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