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The jury will decide the fate of President Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort, is charged with 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Alexandria, Virginia.
Lawyers for ex-trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort suggested, during closing arguments, Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Muller, the team was wrong, entangled in the ongoing Russia-probe, a last-minute recess in the case, after prosecutors called for a foul.
The drama as the final arguments wrapped up after nearly four hours. Jury deliberations are set to begin at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday. A unanimous verdict of 12 jurors is required to convict, Manafort, which is on each of the 18 counts against him.
Manafort’s attorney, Richard Westling on Wednesday told jurors that banks had not reported any problems with Manafort regulatory authorities “, to the special counsel came in and asked questions,” and the state has accused lawyers 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. Later in the day, during the jury instructions, which took more than to ignore an hour, judge T. S. Ellis told jurors that the defense team is the proposal that the Müller was motivated by the law enforcement political.
Prosecutor brands Manafort a liar in closing arguments
He also stressed that the Prosecutor’s burden of proof, beyond any reasonable doubt in the case.
“It is not my function to be aware of the facts, it’s yours,” Ellis told jurors on the eve of the consultations.
The courtoom leave on Wednesday, Downing told reporters that Manafort was optimistic prior to the meetings.
“Mr. Manafort was very pleased with how things are today is gone,” Downing said. “His defense team got to the address to the jury, and not point out the flaws in the government, explain the case and the government has met its burden of proof.”
During her closing arguments during the day, 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.
Manafort’s defense team witnesses also gates Rick Gates, the Prosecutor’s star, 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.”
“The government was so desperate to condemn you, Mr. Manafort, you made a deal with Rick Gates”.
– Manafort attorney Kevin Downing
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,” 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.
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.
During her rebuttal closing to the defense team, prosecutors accused, to try the defense team to “distract” the jurors, with a criticism of Gates.
“The defense wants you to believe that this said anything about Rick Gates,” Prosecutor Greg Andres. “They want to distract from the evidence. … It is the evidence and witnesses are in this case, that the defense feared.”
He then recalls an E-Mail, in the Manafort Gates said, “are you the quarterback.”
Andres told the jury: “Guess who was the coach of the team? Paul Manafort.” He added, “The defense is asking you to ignore your own common sense.”
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.”
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.
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. He also said the jury, Manafort “filed false tax returns” for five years, from 2010 to 2014.
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.
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. Such requests shall be granted only by a judge, the prosecution has presented a weak case to convict that no reasonable juror could vote.
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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