Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Paul Manafort jury to hear closing arguments in fraud trial

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Leonard Rios | 15 August, 2018, 21:12

"Mr. Manafort just rested his case", Downing said outside the courthouse during Tuesday's afternoon recess.

Andrew McCarthy predicted the defense's closing argument in Paul Manafort's trial will hone in on one person: Rick Gates.

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

Prosecutors say Manafort hid money in offshore bank accounts and then used it to pay for over $6 million in NY and Virginia real estate, items such as antique rugs and fancy clothes, including a $15,000 jacket made of ostrich skin.

This is a developing story.

Andres is making his final appeal to the jury after prosecutors spent more than two weeks putting on evidence they say proves Manafort concealed millions of dollars in offshore accounts from the IRS and later carried out a bank fraud scheme.

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

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Manafort also faces a trial in September in the District of Columbia, where he is charged with conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States, making false statements, and charges in connection with failing to register as a foreign agent even though he lobbied in the USA on behalf of the pro-Kremlin Ukrainian government of former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Calk, who served as an economic adviser to Trump during his presidential campaign, wrote to Manafort after the election with a list of eight administration roles and 19 ambassadorships he would be interested in holding in the new administration.

Manafort is facing 18-counts of tax and banking crimes, and has pleaded not guilty to each one. If convicted, Manafort, 69, could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The charges against Manafort relate mostly to his handling of money he earned working for Russian-favored politicians in Ukraine from 2005 to 2014, including helping tycoon Viktor Yanukovych become president in 2010. Finally, Ellis told Manafort that "you have the absolute right to testify and you have the absolute right not to testify", and that the jury would be advised not to let Manafort's decision impact their own.

The two sides were expected to deliver closing statements Wednesday, the twelfth day of the trial, before the jury goes into deliberations.

They are sure to take aim at Gates, who admitted in court to an extramarital affair.

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

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