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Manafort lawyers call no witnesses as the case nears end
Paul Manafort, banking and tax-fraud trial moves on to final arguments, the rest of the defence; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
Lawyers for ex-trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort suggested, during closing arguments, Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Muller, the team was mired wrongly, the prosecutors called their clients in the ongoing Russia-probe, a last-minute recess in the case, after a foul.
Manafort’s attorney, Richard Westling told jurors that banks had not reported any problems with Manafort regulatory authorities “, to the special counsel came in and asked questions,” and accused prosecutors of “stacking” charges against Manafort. And another defender, Kevin Downing, said several times, the prosecution should have been handled through an IRS audit, rather than a high-profile Federal prosecution by the special counsel ‘ s office.
Prosecutors said both arguments are not violated a pretrial agreement not to discuss the larger political context of the case. Judge T. S. Ellis III, it is expected that the Problem during the jury instructions, the later in the day.
Also during the closing arguments, the defenders of the state is not alleged to meet lawyers only, the proof of which Manafort required bank and tax fraud, but that “not a single bit of” evidence to support your allegations.
Prosecutor brands Manafort a liar in closing arguments
Manafort’s defense team then crack on, Rick Gates, the Prosecutor’s star witness, pleaded guilty earlier this year in the hope of receiving a lighter sentence.
JUDGE ELLIS MOCKED AND TORMENTED BY MÜLLER-TEAM, CLAIMS THE STATE’S ATTORNEY IS CRYING
Last week, Gates testified that he and Manafort required bank and tax fraud, but the defense team repeated its credibility in question, establishing that Gates had been skimming money from Manafort, banking fraud, lying to Federal investigators, and in Affairs — all by his own admission.
“The government was so desperate to condemn you, Mr. Manafort, you made a deal with Rick Gates,” Downing told jurors, adding that Gates ” showed the liar that he is,” and that “to the end, he has lied to you.”
Downing added: “How he was able to have the business he had I have no idea … on a cross interrogation, he fell apart.”
And Westling reminded jurors that the government – not the defendant – must “burden” of proof.
“It is not enough that you are very likely to be guilty,” the lawyer, Richard Westling said. “It must be beyond doubt. To hold the government to their burden, ladies and gentlemen.”
Westling also down state played lawyers, E-Mail evidence, which appeared to show that Manafort to acknowledge his ownership in overseas accounts, which he had failed to report on his taxes. Other E-Mails showed, Manafort, prompting his accountant the profit-and-loss statements, filed later, to banks, to get loans, conversion to Word format, so that he can edit easily.
The standard for criminal tax liability is high, and does not require that prosecutors show that Manafort had failed to report accounts that he possessed, but he knew he was breaking the law, if he made the omissions.
“The government was so desperate to condemn you, Mr. Manafort, you made a deal with Rick Gates”.
– Manafort attorney Kevin Downing
Westling asked jurors to consider their own past E-Mails, and whether all of the information is in an audit years later.
“We will send all E-Mails, except for judge Ellis,” he said, referring to the 78-year-old presiding judge in the case.
Westling also pointed out that various financial documents in the case, Manafort signature, but apparently, among other things, signed by someone. This is a crucial argument for the defense, which has tried to argue that Gates is responsible for Manafort, his alleged crime.
After closing arguments and a rebuttal Wednesday and judge Ellis questions of the jury instructions to conclude, the case goes to the jury. Ellis is not expected to describe the burden of proof to the jurors and to ignore some of his comments during the process, as well as the defense team says that Mueller had ensared Manafort in a larger probe.
Earlier in the day, prosecutors in their closing not used to paint arguments, the former trump campaign Chairman, as a chronic liar, told jurors Manafort “above the law.”
“Mr. Manafort lied to keep, more money than he had, and if he lied to get more money … This is a case about the Lord of the lies,” Prosecutor Greg Andres Manafort said.
Manafort, 69, is a tax evasion and bank charges of fraud after being accused of hiding income from his Ukrainian political work of the IRS. He is also accused of fraudulently million in bank loans.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors BLAST ‘MANFORT, IN THE LIE’, IN THE closing ARGUMENTS
Andres said, the testimony over the past two weeks shows Manafort hidden money in foreign Bank to spend accounts, on luxury items and real estate.
“The government calls on you to return the only verdict that the said consistent with the evidence, which is guilty on all counts,” Andres.
He also said the jury, Manafort “filed false tax returns” for five years, from 2010 to 2014.
“Mr. Manafort lied and lied again,” said Andres, accused the defendant of non-payment of $15 million worth of taxes.
“He is not above the law,” said Andres.
As the process started, Manafort, wearing a blue suit and a blue T-shirt, rose, along with all of the others in the courtroom as the jurors took their seats. Lead defense attorney Kevin Downing patted Manafort on the back and they both smiled.
While the Prosecutor sat in the closing arguments, Manafort, stone-faced, staring at the TV on his Desk shows the exhibits.
A day earlier, the defense of his case rested without calling Manafort, or other witnesses on the stand. Addressing the court for the first time in his trial, Manafort, and judge Ellis said that he wanted to testify.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the team rested its case on Monday afternoon to witness after about two weeks of testimony from prosecution.
Before closing arguments, Ellis ruled against the defense motion to acquit.
Ellis, who has signalled not spared colorful comments during the trial, that he will tell you to ignore the jury any comments the witnesses may have shown in his opinion.
“Do you think I have any comments?” Ellis asked both sides on Tuesday.
After a short silence, state’s attorney Andres stood up and said, “Yes.”
There was audible laughter in the courtroom.
Manafort, the legal problems, with the end of this study. He is also facing charges in a separate Federal court in Washington, including conspiracy against the United States, conspired to launder money, otherwise, please register as an agent of a foreign principal and the provision of false statements.
Fox News’ Alex Pappas and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.
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