>> Paul Manafort never told his accountants he controlled overseas bank accounts and corporate entities tied to them. That's according to testimony Friday, as prosecutors seek to pull up the curtain on how the former Donald Trump aide allegedly concealed his earnings from working as a political operative in Ukraine.
is following the story.>> The prosecutors seem to be trying to drive home the point, over and over, to the jury, their case that Paul Manafort violated tax laws, and that he violated foreign banking laws as well. And they are just going through this very meticulously, step by step.
So Philip Aliff is one of Manafort's lead accountants. He testified that he did not know that Paul Manafort had any foreign bank accounts. Under US law, IRS regulations, you have to register foreign holdings like that.>> Manafort faces tax and bank fraud charges stemming from his work for a pro-Russia politician in Ukraine.
This was mostly years before he briefly ran President Donald Trump's campaign in 2016, during a pivitol time. But Manafort was caught in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's net as he investigated Russia's interference in the 2016 election.>> What we're really waiting for is the testimony expected by Rick Gates, who is both a former business partner of Manafort's and also was Deputy Campaign Chairman for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Gates has plead guilty to several charges that Mueller brought against him. He's cooperating with the Mueller probe. Manafort's defense has signaled that they are going to try to peg Gates as the real problem, as somebody who took advantage of Manafort and did all these things that Manafort is accused of doing without Manafort's knowledge.
>> Another one of Manafort's accountants testified Thursday that Gates instructed her to change the amount of a loan on a tax return to lower Manafort's taxes, telling the court, quote, I very much regret it.