Paul Manafort's Defense Rests Without Calling Witnesses

Prosecution Rests Its Case in Manafort Tax Evasion and Bank Fraud Trial

Manafort's lawyers have not yet said whether they will call any witnesses or present other evidence in the caseMore

Still, the proceedings have drawn President Donald Trump's attention - and tweets - as he works to undermine the standing of the Mueller investigation in the public square.

Attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort chose to rest today without presenting any kind of case or even calling a single witness to testify on their client's behalf.

It isn't clear if Trump's team ever considered Calk for the Army secretary position or any other administration positions, and it's not clear if Kushner knew of Calk's financial association with Manafort when he responded to his recommendation.

Andres argued that while Manafort did not "choose a Boy Scout" as his associate, Gates' testimony was corroborated by other evidence, including almost 400 exhibits. The bank had signed off on millions in loans for Manafort despite concerns from some officials about his credit and the source of his financing.

Besides the trial underway in the United States district court in Alexandria, Virginia, Manafort faces multiple charges of conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice filed separately by Mueller's team in a court in Washington.

Manafort's problems did not end with losing his job for Trump.

It's the first trial to emerge from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, although the case didn't address allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Closing arguments in the Manafort trial began on Wednesday morning.

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After closing statements from both sides, a 12-person jury will deliberate and return their verdict.

Manafort's legal team said Tuesday it wouldn't be putting on a defense of the longtime political consultant or calling him to testify.

Manafort is not required to testify because of his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

"They are all jury issues", Ellis said, explaining that he believed it should be up to the jury to decide. The focus in Paul Manafort's fraud trial shifts to the defense after prosecutors rested their case.

The charges against Manafort relate mostly to his handling of money he earned working for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine from 2005 to 2014, including helping tycoon Viktor Yanukovych become president in 2010.

"Mr. Manafort's scheme, when you break it down, was not all that complicated". He later added, "We don't want anyone in this country with unfettered power".

"If I had my recommendation. the loan would not be made", Brennan said Monday.

It's time for final arguments in the financial fraud trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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