Defense in Manafort’s fraud trial rests case

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Members of the defense team for Paul Manafort, including Kevin Downing, left, Brian Ketcham, Richard Westling, and Thomas Zehnle, walk to federal court as the trial of the former Trump campaign chairman continues, in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The focus in Paul Manafort’s fraud trial shifts to the defense after prosecutors rested their […]

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) —  The defense in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s tax and fraud trial has rested its case without calling any witnesses.

Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, rested his case Tuesday morning.

The decision not to have Manafort testify came after Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected a defense motion to dismiss the government’s case on the theory that it failed to meet its burden of proof.

The actions clear the way for the jury to hear closing arguments in the trial, now in its third week.

Manafort is accused of hiding millions of dollars in income he received advising Ukrainian politicians. The defense has tried to blame Manafort’s financial mistakes on his former assistant, Richard Gates.

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