The defense rests in Manafort case, ex-trump-campaign Chairman not to testify

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The defense of Paul Manafort rested in their case on Tuesday without calling the ex-trump-campaign Chairman to the stand to testify in the bank-and tax-fraud case against him.

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.

To witness after two weeks of testimony from prosecution until now, it was unclear whether the defense would have arguments, witnesses or evidence of your own. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the team rested its case on Monday afternoon.

The test version of the heads of the closing arguments will now begin on Wednesday. Ellis said, is to limit both sides of these arguments to one and a half hours.


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.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ellis on Tuesday also ruled against the defense motion to acquit. The study was a two-hour Tuesday delayed the morning’s proceedings began under lock and key and were closed to the public, and press.

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.

On Monday, James Brennan, Vice-President of the Federal Savings Bank, testified under immunity about a loan from the bank Manafort. According to Brennan, approved by the bank, the $16 million in the Form of loans to Manafort of CEO Stephen lime, who was angling for a Cabinet position in the trump administration.

When asked by Prosecutor Greg Andres, if he thought the loan should be approved, Brennan replied, “My recommendation was that the loan will not be made.”

Brennan said the loan was approved, because of the lime. He said the Federal Savings Bank lost $11.8 million on the loans.

The prosecution had been expected to rest on Friday. But Ellis mysteriously delayed testimony in the case for five hours on Friday. The shift was large, as prosecutors had hoped to finish to witness the Friday call, and Ellis has moved a reputation as a stickler for the storage of studies.

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 Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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