Paul Manafort's Defense Team Rests Without Calling Witnesses

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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.

That exchange took place without jurors in the courtroom.

The case is being prosecuted by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. Manafort himself chose not to testify. Calk never got the job, but the exchange appears to indicate that Manafort continued to make contact with members of Trump's inner circle - even after he left the campaign in August 2016 amid intense public scrutiny over his shady worldwide lobbying work on behalf of pro-Russian interests in Ukraine.

Defense lawyers presented Judge T.S. Ellis with a motion for acquittal, but the motion was denied.

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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.

If Manafort is found guilty, on the other hand, Trump's critics will claim that this vindicates the Mueller probe and means that Trump needs to be put under further scrutiny - even though, once again, the trial doesn't directly tie into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

According to the testimony of John Brennan, a vice president at the Federal Savings Bank, Manafort managed to receive $16 million in loans from the bank around this same time, even though Calk knew that Manafort had been dishonest about the state of his finances.

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

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The day after prosecutors concluded their case, having spent two weeks eliciting witness. Gates struck a plea deal with prosecutors and provided much of the drama of the trial so far. During testimony, Gates was also forced to admit embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort and conducting an extramarital affair.

Both sides will debate jury instructions Tuesday afternoon before making their closing arguments.

Prosecutors, who have been frustrated by Ellis' tendency to interrupt and chide prosecutors in front of the jury, sought stronger language to make clear that jurors do not need to adopt any opinions expressed by the judge.

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.

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