Defense rests in Paul Manafort fraud trial without calling any witnesses

Mail Online | 8/14/2018 | Ben Ashford For;Reuters
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Lawyers for Paul Manafort rested his defense Tuesday without calling any witnesses or having him testify to his fraud trial.

The move came the day after U.S. prosecutors rested their case against the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump in his trial over alleged tax and bank fraud.

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Manafort's legal team also lost their attempt to have the charges thrown out without going to a jury.

They claimed in a court filing on Monday that prosecutors under U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to show the necessary willfulness to break the law.

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The court will move to closing statements, although at Tuesday lunchtime it was unclear when those would be made, after which the 12-person jury will begin deliberations.

Manafort is being tried on 18 counts, which include tax and bank fraud charges, as well the failure to disclose foreign bank accounts. If found guilty on all charges, he could face eight to 10 years in prison, according to sentencing expert Justin Paperny.

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The trial is the first courtroom test for Mueller, who indicted Manafort in October 2017 as...
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