Defense Team Rests in Paul Manafort Case

Defense Team Rests in Paul Manafort Case

Defense Team Rests in Paul Manafort Case

Speaking slowly - at times reading and at times looking up at jurors from a lectern that was turned to face them - Manafort told the panel that the case boiled down to Paul Manafort's lies.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is shown in a court room sketch, during a testimony of a longtime business associate Rick Gates (not shown), on the fifth day of his trial, on bank and tax fraud charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S., August 6, 2018.

"The star witness in this case is the documents", Andres said.

Kevin Downing, Manafort's lawyer, simply said that "the defense rests".

This is a developing story.

Manafort, who spent several months as chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016, is accused of hiding at least $16 million U.S. in income from the IRS between 2010 and 2014 by disguising the money he earned advising politicians in Ukraine as loans and hiding it in foreign banks.

"That wasn't a cookie jar, it was a huge dumpster of hidden money in foreign accounts", he said.

Defense lawyers decided not to call any witnesses in the trial, and Manafort himself will not testify in his own defense.

Prosecutors, who rested their case on Monday, say the 69-year-old dodged taxes on millions of dollars he made lobbying for Ukrainian politicians.

The case against Manafort does not relate to any allegations of Russian election interference or possible coordination with the Trump campaign, the main thrust of Mueller's investigation. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Prosecutors say Manafort falsely declared that money to be loans rather than income to keep from paying taxes on it.

On Tuesday, Manafort spoke for the first time during the trial when he told Ellis he would not be testifying during a brief questioning at the podium.

Judge T.S. Ellis III has given both sides up to two hours for their arguments, after which the jury of six men and six women is set to receive final instructions before retiring to deliberate on a verdict. During testimony, Gates was forced to admit embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort and conducting an extramarital affair.

The defense has portrayed him as living a secret life of infidelity and embezzlement. Prosecutor Greg Andres, who has had the strongest confrontations with Ellis, said "yes".

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