August 7, 2018 / 8:40 PM / in 2 months

Ex-Manafort aide Gates admits he had an affair in London 10 years ago

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s longtime aide Rick Gates, accused by a Manafort lawyer at Manafort’s trial on Tuesday of using business expenses for an affair, admitted to the extramarital relationship.

Rick Gates, former campaign aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs after a bond hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Kevin Downing, an attorney for Manafort, accused Gates of having a “separate, secret life” with his lover in London and of using business expenses to pay for the affair, including an apartment in London.

“There is a period of time over 10 years ago when I had a relationship, yes,” Gates said.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech

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