Prosecutors, Defense To Offer Closing Arguments In Paul Manafort Fraud Trial

This Aug. 7 2018 courtroom sketch depicts Rick Gates right testifying during questioning in the bank fraud and tax evasion trial of Paul Manafort at federal court in Alexandria Va. U.S. district Judge T.S. Ellis III presides at top right. Gates ackno

Paul Manafort's lawyers conclude trial without calling any witnesses

Attorneys for former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort rested their case on Tuesday, declining to present evidence to rebut the government's allegations that the political consultant concealed overseas earnings from the USA government to avoid paying taxes and borrowed money using bogus financial documents.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort declined to testify in his bank and tax fraud trial on Tuesday.

USA prosecutors on Monday rested their case against Manafort after 10 days of testimony.

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The courtroom was sealed for about two hours Tuesday morning, before the defense rested, though it's unclear what matter the lawyers were discussing.

Paul Manafort and his legal team decided on Tuesday not to present defense witnesses in his trial on fraud charges.

Over the course of the trial, Manafort's attorneys have sought to pin the blame for any financial wrongdoing on his former business partner, Rick Gates, who was indicted alongside Manafort. During his closing arguments, Andres reminded jurors of the $60 million Manafort is accused of hiding in 31 separate bank accounts.

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FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, U.S., February 28, 2018. Gates struck a plea deal with prosecutors and provided much of the drama of the trial so far.

Gates testified that he helped Manafort commit crimes in an effort to lower his tax bill and fund his lavish lifestyle. During testimony, Gates was forced to admit embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort and conducting an extramarital affair.

"He is not above the law", Andres said.

The closely watched case is expected to go to the 12-person jury later on Wednesday, after prosecutors and Manafort's lawyers make their closing arguments and the judge issues instructions to the jury.

Defense rests case without calling any witnesses; Catherine Herridge reports on the court proceedings.

Ellis eventually came up with compromise language that was agreeable to both sides.

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