Jury could begin deliberations in Manafort trial today

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

A prosecutor with Robert Mueller's special counsel team labeled Paul Manafort a serial liar during closing arguments in the former Trump campaign manager's trial for tax and bank fraud.

Prosecutors also allege Manafort sought to hide from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) millions of dollars in income from his political consulting work in Ukraine and elsewhere.

The defense also attacked the prosecution's key witness, Manafort's former protégé Rick Gates, who testified that he and Manafort falsified documents presented to banks and the IRS. His lawyers say they believe the prosecution hasn't met its burden of proof in the case.

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.

Yet Trump and the 2016 election campaign were barely mentioned during the trial.

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He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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

The statements cap a 12-day trial at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., where Manafort faces a total of 18 counts of bank and tax fraud.

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and was elevated to campaign chair in May.

Ellis, who has not shied from making colorful comments during the trial, signaled that he will tell the jury to disregard any comments he made during witness testimony that might have shown his opinion. During testimony, Gates was forced to admit embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort and conducting an extramarital affair.

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His lawyers are expected to make their closing argument later Wednesday.

Despite this dispute over certain evidence, the judge denied the motion to acquit. Judge T.S. Ellis (rear C) looks on. Along the way, they've not only faced an aggressive defense team but tongue-lashings from the judge, who pushed the government to speed up its case.

Special Counsel's Office Prosecutor Greg Andres, in a dark blue suit, white shirt and black tie, took a sip of water and began his closing argument at about 10 a.m.

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

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