DEVELOPING: Closing Arguments in Explosive Manafort Trial Begin

On Tuesday, Paul Manafort opted to skip out on a defense and proceeded to closing arguments instead, reported ABC News.

“Mr. Manafort just rested his case. He did so because he and his legal team believe that the government has not met its burden of proof,” Manafort’s lawyer Kevin Downing said on Tuesday.

The closing arguments began at 9:30 AM ET Wednesday morning.

Each side has been given 1.5 to 2 hours to deliver their closing arguments.

 

After the lawyers said they needed 2 hours to deliver closing arguments, Judge Ellis said, ‘If you think you can keep the jurors attention that long then you live on a different planet than I do,’ reported Courthouse News reporter Tim Ryan.

Mueller’s prosecutor Greg Andres said during his closing argument on Wednesday that, “Manafort is not above the law…Mr. Manafort lied to keep more money when he had it and he lied to get more money when he didn’t.”

The Feds are essentially arguing Manafort’s money is ‘littered with lies.’

Courthouse News reporter Brandi Buchman with more of the drama unfolding:

Parting shots from Mueller’s prosecutor Greg Andres:


Update: Prosecutors wrapped up their closing arguments. Court goes to lunch recess until 1:30 PM ET. Manafort lawyers to deliver their closing arguments this afternoon.

Mueller’s prosecutors rested their case Monday, day 10 of the bank fraud and tax evasion trial against Paul Manafort playing out in an Alexandria, VA courtroom.

The prosecution brought forward 23 witnesses; five of the witnesses testified against Paul Manafort under the protection of immunity.

Manafort is charged with 18 counts and is facing up to 305 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

This story is developing….please check back for updates.

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