"I think the jury will hate (Gates), but they should still convict (Manafort) because of the testimony of other witnesses and the other documents that do put all of this on Manafort".
Greg Andres, a prosecutor working for U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, told the court on Wednesday that the prosecution would call eight more witnesses, question each for roughly an hour, and was on track to wrap up its case by week's end.
"Don't do that again", he bellowed at Mr. Asoyne.
In a court filing revealed on Thursday, the Mueller team asked the judge to explain to the jury that he was wrong to criticize the prosecutor.
The 46-year-old, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is cooperating with the government, began the day by describing how he helped Manafort evade USA taxes on millions of dollars earned from political consulting work they did in Ukraine.
The testimony bolsters the prosecution's tax-evasion case against Manafort.
Ellis has repeatedly pushed prosecutors to whittle down their case to save time.
Kevin Downing, Manafort's lead defense attorney, sought to undermine Gates' credibility in the eyes of the jury on Tuesday, pressing him about embezzling money from Manafort and an extramarital affair.
That's what longtime Manafort deputy Rick Gates told jurors on his third day of testimony in his former boss's financial fraud trial. But prosecutors said they had previously received Ellis's approval to have Welch in the courtroom, something transcripts confirmed, according to Politico.
Manafort's lawyers consistently tried to paint Gates as an unreliable witness, and Gates' last day of testimony was no different.
But Gates did not answer Downing's question after the prosecution objected to the relevance of the inquiry.
As part of his plea agreement to cooperate with prosecutors, Gates also admitted to lying to investigators from the special counsel's office - a fact Downing also seized upon. One prosecutor noted that the judge had granted permission for the agent to attend.
He poked fun at himself Wednesday as he haggled with attorneys over the number and type of charts prosecutors could present during the testimony of the accountant.
Paul Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing on Wednesday asked whether longtime Manafort deputy Rick Gates had four extramarital affairs - and not just one overseas 10 years ago - implying that Gates might have lied to special counsel Robert Mueller's team and could put his plea deal in jeopardy. "You said you had a made mistake", the lawyer said. On some accounts, the beneficial owners were listed as either Manafort, Gates or his Ukrainian translator Konstantin Kilimnik, she said.
While Gates and others have pleaded guilty, Manafort has refused to strike a deal and legal experts say he may be holding out hopes of a pardon from Trump.
Gates also admitted in the Eastern District of Virginia courtroom to an extramarital affair 10 years ago and keeping an apartment in London, saying he falsified hundreds of thousands of dollars in expense reports because "I was living beyond my means".
Manafort and Gates were the first two people indicted in Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
A Manafort lawyer has accused the government's star witness of being immersed in "so many lies" that he can't even remember them all.
Neither man was charged in connection with their Trump campaign work, but the trial has nonetheless been a distraction for a president who insists Manafort was treated shabbily and who continues to publicly fume about Mueller's investigation into potential ties between his associates and the Kremlin.
Gates has been the government's star witness in Manafort's financial fraud trial, testifying how, at the behest of his longtime boss, he helped hide millions of dollars in foreign income and submitted fake mortgage and tax documents.