Judge warns Müller-team on the high bar for Manafort conviction

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Manafort shopping habits called into question during the process

The judge in the case rejected a photo of Manafort’s designer clothing as evidence. Peter Doocy explained, on ‘Special Report.’

The judge in the Paul Manafort study reminds, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the team on Friday of the high bar for conviction -that you must prove that the former trump campaign Chairman knowingly violated tax and banking laws in relation to his political work in overseas.

On the process of the fourth day, U.S. District Court judge T. S. Ellis III indicated that he believes the public Prosecutor has shown, Manafort did not have control over foreign Bank accounts, despite checking a box on the tax return, says he.

But Ellis reminded the prosecutors, “The government has to prove that [Manafort] knew what the request was and that he deliberately hurt.”

Ellis also state reminded the lawyers to prove you have Manafort “willfulness” in failing to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts.

Manafort, with a view to the bank’s fees and the tax evasion in connection with his political work in the Ukraine, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.


A source close to Manafort team told Fox News, the defense has not yet decided whether Manafort witnesses during the trial. This person said, you will make the decision after the prosecution rests its case, which could be next week.

Friday, the witness has charges over tax evasion. The years involved, from 2010 to 2014 were in front of Manafort worked for President Trump campaign. Although the case dates back to Müller ‘ s sample, the choice of the interference by Russia and possible collusion by the trump campaign, there was no mention of the election interference.

Manafort served as a Chairman of the trump presidential campaign in the summer of 2016, and was forced, in August of the year in the midst of the news about his ties to then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

On Friday, Philip Ayliff, a CPA, who are willing to Manafort taxes, testified Manafort signed tax returns, which showed “none” checked for all foreign Bank accounts between the years 2010 and 2014.

The government pointed out that Manafort signed his tax return “under penalty of perjury.”

Attorney Uza Asonye went Ayliff by every year and asked: “what Mr. Manafort has to say for this year for the foreign bank accounts?”

Ayliff replied “none” for each.

The prosecution whether he had responded to foreign accounts, and Manafort that he even showed documents in which the book asked holder by E-Mail Manafort,.

But Miller’s team, says Manafort to pay repeatedly used accounts in Cyprus for a number of luxury items and services.

Prosecutors presented a variety of exhibits and several witnesses to paint the as part of your effort are in the process of the call, Manafort, how to report a tax scofflaw who has failed the money for luxury goods spending to get — then lied to bank loans, when its foreign consulting work dried up.

The Prosecutor’s office has released, showing photos of Manafort, the expensive clothes, including a $15,000 a bouquet of fur, and other expensive suits.

The Prosecutor’s office has released, showing photos of Manafort, the expensive clothes, including a large number of colors.

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On Thursday, Manafort accountant, Heather Washkuhn of the company NKFSB, testified that Manafort broke up large bills, but struggled to pay them in 2016.

“It has come a time in 2016, if Mr. Manafort had trouble paying its bills?” Prosecutor Greg Andres asked the accountant in the Federal court in Alexandria, Va.

“Yes,” Washkuhn replied.

The Manafort defense hinges on convincing jurors that Manafort was the chief, of the witness, not with bills or accounts, but to the left, to his vicar, Rick Gates, in cooperation with prosecutors and can, as their star witness.

“Rick Gates had his hand in the cookie jar and couldn’t let his boss know,” Manafort defender Thomas Zehnle, said during the opening arguments.

Ellis, a 78-year-old Reagan-appointed judge in the case, known for the colorful comments said not able to demonstrate this week the office of the public Prosecutor, an important part of your case, unless prosecutors call Gates.

Fox News’ Anne Ball, Peter Doocy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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