Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Prosecutors blast 'Manafort’s lies' in closing arguments against ex-Trump campaign chairman

Prosecutors blast 'Manafort’s lies' in closing arguments against ex-Trump campaign chairman

During ten days of testimony, some 20 prosecution witnesses described how Manafort allegedly avoided paying tax on at least 16 million dollars of income and repeatedly lied to banks as he borrowed millions more.

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Russian Federation has denied being involved in efforts to disrupt US elections, although at a joint news conference with Trump last month in Helsinki, President Vladmir Putin did admit he wanted the Republican to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. Manafort's lawyers will then reveal whether he'll put on defense witnesses, and ultimately, whether he'll testify.

While several others charged in the investigation, including former Manafort aide Richard Gates, have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate in the Mueller probe, Manafort has stubbornly battled the prosecution's charges. The defence has tried to blame Manafort's financial mistakes on his former deputy, Rick Gates.

Manafort's legal team also lost their attempt to have the charges thrown out without going to a jury. Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye, standing, gave the government's opening in Manafort's trial on tax evasion and bank fraud.

Still, the proceedings have drawn President Donald Trump's attention - and tweets - as he works to undermine the standing of the Mueller investigation in the public square.

Manafort made the comments during a brief questioning Tuesday.

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Ali, who is an emergency services worker, had drunk six or seven Jack Daniels and Cokes during his night out with former soldier Hale.

The 69-year-old faces 18 counts related to tax and bank fraud.

"The plea deal that [Mueller] gave to Gates is shameful", McCarthy said Tuesday on "Outnumbered". During testimony, Gates was also forced to admit embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort and conducting an extramarital affair.

Prosecutors are typically allowed a final rebuttal argument before the judge gives instructions and finally hands the case over for jury of six men and six women to determine Manafort's fate.

Prosecutors, who have been frustrated by Ellis' tendency to interrupt and chide prosecutors in front of the jury, sought stronger language to make clear that jurors do not need to adopt any opinions expressed by the judge.

Special Counsel's Office Prosecutor Greg Andres, in a dark blue suit, white shirt and black tie, took a sip of water and began his closing argument at about 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, the defense rested its case after opting not to present any witnesses.

Ellis eventually came up with compromise language that was agreeable to both sides.

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