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The defense rests case without witnesses; Catherine Herridge reports on court proceedings.
Prosecutors in the bank-and tax-fraud case against Paul Manafort not used their closing arguments to paint on Wednesday, 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 work of the IRS. He is also accused of fraudulently million in bank loans.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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. He also said the jury, Manafort “filed false tax returns” for five years, from 2010 to 2014.
THE DEFENSE RESTS, TO BEAR WITNESS WITHOUT MANAFORT
“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.
The defense is to expect closing arguments on Wednesday before the case goes to the jury. Ellis said, to a limit, both sides, these arguments-and-a-half hours.
On Wednesday, Manafort, wearing a blue suit and a blue T-shirt, rose, along with everyone else on the court took as jurors to their seats. Lead defense attorney Kevin Downing patted Manafort on the back and they both smiled.
A day earlier, the defense rested their case without calling Manafort, or other witnesses to the stand. Addressing the court for the first time in his trial, Manafort stood up and told judge T. S. Ellis III that he wanted to testify.
“We believe that the government has failed to meet their burden of proof, and we have rested,” said Downing told reporters in court on Tuesday.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the team rested its case on Monday afternoon to witness after about two weeks of testimony from prosecution.
Manafort’s defense team, the strategy explains
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.
Last week, the prosecution, the star witness, Rick Gates – Manafort, a former business partner who struck a plea deal to cooperate with the government, testified that he and Manafort required bank and tax fraud.
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’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.