Ex-Trump aide Manafort's defence rests, case headed to jury

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US prosecutors on Monday rested their case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after 10 days of testimony detailing how he avoided taxes on at least $16 million of income and lied to banks to maintain an extravagant lifestyle once his work for pro-Kremlin politicians in Ukraine dried up.

He's also been accused of fraudulently obtaining millions more in bank loans, including while he was working on the Trump campaign.

They will have to disclose that information Tuesday as the case reaches its final stages. The case stands as the first major test for special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the probe into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election - including whether there was any collusion between President Donald Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin.

The prosecution also recalled a Treasury Department agent - over the objections of Manafort's defence team - to testify that two of his companies hadn't filed any reports disclosing the foreign bank accounts as required by federal law.

Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty to 18 charges connected to his work advising Ukraine's former president, Viktor Yanukovich, and his political party.

Prosecutors say Manafort lied to the IRS to hide millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts and then, when that money ran out, lied to bank executives to get loans to maintain his seven-figure lifestyle of expensive suits and luxury homes.

Still, the proceedings have drawn global attention - as well as Trump's - for what the case reveals about people in the combative president's orbit as Mueller examines the same circles for any election interference or obstruction.

Members of the defense team for Paul Manafort, including Thomas Zehnle, left, Richard Westling, and Kevin Downing, walk to federal court as the trial of the former Trump campaign chairman continues, in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

Manafort's lawyers have yet to say whether they will put on a case.

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Earlier trial documents had showed that Manafort spoke about Calk to Rick Gates, his longtime deputy who stayed with the Trump campaign and transition after Manafort's August 2016 resignation.

The bank knew and documented the financial red flags that came with Manafort's loan applications - from hidden debt to shaky professional income.

While the prosecution has built a solid case, Manafort's lawyers appeared to have raised some doubts about the testimony of Gates and other witnesses, Wu said. Prosecutors said Calk unsuccessfully sought a larger role in the Trump administration.

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. Gates was also forced to admit embezzling a fortune from Manafort and having an extramarital affair. Ellis said the proceedings and the motion will be kept secret until after the case concludes.

When Manafort changed the terms of a proposed loan, the bank's president wanted to reject it but was overruled by Calk, Brennan testified. Ellis took the motion under advisement.

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Mueller's team hinted in a sidebar conference with Ellis and Manafort's lawyers Friday that Calk is facing more scrutiny than the allegations heard so far at Manafort's trial.

The judge is expected to decide Tuesday on whether to grant a defense motion to dismiss the case before the case goes to the jury - a frequent defense request that is rarely granted.

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