Offbeat Paul Manafort trial: Key takeaways as the prosecution prepares to rest

07:25  10 august  2018
07:25  10 august  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Paul Manafort ’s legal team faces a critical choice as he heads to trial : how aggressively the former Trump You can unsubscribe at any time. An aggressive claim of bias by Manafort is unlikely to derail the prosecution that now threatens him with the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Over the course of eight days, Paul Manafort's criminal-fraud trial has featured testimony about extravagant wardrobes, secret offshore bank accounts, fake loan applications and doctored bank accounts, an ostrich jacket and a fall from wealth.

The trial has attracted packed galleries to the federal courthouse each day, with U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III setting a pretty brisk pace for the proceedings, the first case to come to trial as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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The fraud trial for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort enters its eighth day as prosecutors say they plan on resting their case by the end of Friday. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has been pushing prosecutors to hurry through their case.

The prosecution is expected to rest its case against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager as soon as Friday, the ninth day of the trial. As Manafort's defense team gets ready to take over, here are some key takeaways: 

The foreign bank accounts

Prosecutors have offered substantial evidence from documents and witnesses saying Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates – who is testifying under a grant of immunity – established a web of secret offshore accounts, based mostly in Cyprus. Prosecutors allege they stashed and moved millions of dollars in unreported income to the U.S. to support Manafort’s extravagant lifestyle.

An IRS revenue agent testified that, between 2010 and 2014, Manafort moved $16.4 million in untaxed income into the U.S. to pay bills for high-end clothing, cars and real estate.

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The bank loans

As Manafort’s lucrative consulting business in Ukraine began to dry up, his pursuit of bank loans took off. The government showed how Gates – at Manafort’s direction – dummied documents to support the loan applications. Prosecutors said the applications were full of fraudulent claims, including classifying a rental property as a second home, and a failure to disclose an existing mortgage on other property. In addition, Manafort's income was allegedly inflated by as much as $4 million in documents submitted to the Banc of California, they said.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02: Former Donald Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse on Thursday November 02, 2017 in Washington, DC. Manafort faces several charges. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images) © (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02: Former Donald Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse on Thursday November 02, 2017 in Washington, DC. Manafort faces several charges. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images) The Gates factor

Will Rick Gates' testimony stand up when the case moves to the jury room?

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Gates' admission that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort came as a surprise and only raised more questions about his damaged character. But the government has a possible back-up: much of what is alleged against Manafort is contained in emails and bank documents.

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The judge

Ellis, known for his wit and his impatience, has set a torrid pace in the Virginia courtroom. That could present a double-edged sword for the jury of six men and six women. Is testimony coming at the jury too fast for the six men and six women to grasp a complex white-collar case involving complicated international financial dealings? Or does the speed benefit the government by saving the jury from hours of dry testimony about incremental financial transactions?

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The defense

Right now the defense is a big question mark. Lead Manafort attorney Kevin Downing engaged in an aggressive effort to discredit Gates, pointing out how he stole from his former boss to pay for the expenses of a mistress in London. But their questioning of other government witnesses has been uneven and spare. Now it's their turn to present their case.

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Judge in Manafort trial: 'I was probably wrong' to criticize prosecutors .
The judge in the criminal trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Thursday reportedly told jurors he was wrong for criticizing prosecutors earlier in the week.Judge T.S. Ellis said he was "probably wrong" for criticizing prosecutors over one of their witnesses, IRS revenue agent Michael Welch, being in the courtroom observing the trial leading up to his testimony, according to CNN.Manafort prosecutors get what they wanted:Judge Ellis tells the jury he was wrong in criticizing prosecutors yesterday for having a witnesses, an IRS agent, in the room to hear other witness testimony."Put aside any criticism.

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