Prosecutors make final arguments at Paul Manafort financial fraud trial

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 us government to avoid paying taxes and borrowed money using bogus financial documents.

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The case against Manafort does not relate to any allegations of Russian election interference or possible coordination with the Trump campaign, the main thrust of Mueller's investigation.

Manafort chose not to testify or call witness in his defense on the charges of tax evasion and bank fraud.

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The defense called no witnesses, choosing to rely instead on the team's cross-examination of government witnesses including Rick Gates, Manafort's longtime deputy, and several accountants, bookkeepers and bankers who had financial dealings with Manafort.

Manafort is accused of hiding millions of dollars in income he received advising Ukrainian politicians.

Though Gates definitively admitted to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort at his old job, Trump's inaugural committee chairman is declining to say how much money Gates may have taken _ or whether any further review of inaugural spending is warranted.

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.

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Manafort is facing 18-counts of tax and banking crimes, and has pleaded not guilty to each one.

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.

Gates, Manafort's former business partner, testified last week that he and Manafort did in fact commit bank and tax fraud.

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. Prosecutor Greg Andres, who has had the strongest confrontations with Ellis, said "yes".

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