Manafort trial turns from prosecution’s case to his defence

By: AP | Alexandria |
Published: August 14, 2018 1:22:04 pm

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. (Source: AP)

Prosecutors rested their tax evasion and bank fraud case in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, closing two weeks of testimony that depicted him as using millions of dollars hidden in offshore accounts to fund a luxurious lifestyle — and later obtaining millions more in bank loans under false pretences.

The trial of the longtime Washington operator turns today to Manafort’s defence team, which has so far blamed any wrongdoing on Rick Gates, the former Manafort protege who testified he and his former boss committed crimes together for years. Defence attorneys have called Gates a liar, philanderer and embezzler as they’ve sought to undermine…

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