ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal jury is set to deliberate in the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, as prosecutors made their final pitch to jurors that Manafort was a liar who cheated the government on his taxes and bilked banks on fraudulent loans to help pay for a life of expensive suits, luxury cars and manicured hedges.
“Mr. Manafort lied to keep more money when he had it, and to get more money when he didn’t,” prosecutor Greg Andres told jurors Wednesday as he summed up the case.
At the trial over the past two weeks, prosecutors called more than 20 witnesses and introduced hundreds of emails and financial records. They alleged Manafort earned millions from political-consulting work in Ukraine in the early 2010s but didn’t pay taxes on at least $16 million, and later submitted misleading loan applications to obtain millions of dollars in mortgages in 2016 after that income dried up. He faces charges of tax and bank fraud. Earlier Wednesday afternoon, his attorneys, in their own summations, told the jury that the government had failed to present enough evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
Manafort declined to testify, and his legal team rested without calling its own witnesses. The 12 jurors were receiving instructions late Wednesday afternoon from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis and were then expected to take the case.
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