>> Paul Manafort's fate will soon be in the hands of the jury after his lawyers decided not to call any witnesses in his defense.>> Mr. Manafort, just rested his case. And he did so because he and his legal team believe that the government has not met its burden of proof.
Thanks, everyone.>> Lawyers on both sides preparing to make their closing argument after Judge T.S. Ellis rejected a defense motion to dismiss the charges against Manafort. Which include multiple accounts of tax fraud and bank fraud. The defense rested its case after prosecutors did the same late on Monday, capping more than a week of testimony from over two dozen government witnesses.
They portrayed the former political fixer and lobbyist as a lavish spender on cars, clothes, and homes with little regard for the law. The prosecution's star witness, Manafort's former partner Rick Gates, testified the two committed crimes on several occasions as Manafort sought to conceal the millions of dollars he made working for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.
Allegedly defrauding several banks to get millions more in loans when they're overseas income dried up. Manafort's trial is the first courtroom test for special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.