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‘So many lies’ Gates can’t keep up

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) In blistering and aggressive questioning aimed at undermining the credibility of the government’s star witness, a defense lawyer accused the protege of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of being immersed in «so many lies» cheap canada goose uk he can’t remember them all and canada goose factory sale demanded to know how a jury could possibly trust him.

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Prosecutors had braced for the tough questioning by getting Gates to come clean about his own crimes. He told jurors how he disguised millions of dollars in foreign income as loans in order https://www.winterdownparkas.com to lower Manafort’s tax bill. Gates recounted how he and Manafort used more than a dozen offshore shell companies and bank accounts in Canada Goose Parka Cyprus to funnel the canada goose money, all while canada goose uk outlet concealing the accounts and the income from the IRS.

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