The federal trial against Paul Manafort entered closing arguments Wednesday. Manafort faces 18 counts on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, and bank fraud, and prosecutor Greg Andres summed up the defendant's conduct: "Mr. Manafort lied to keep more money when he had it, and lied to get more money when he didn't." Manafort's defense rested Tuesday without presenting a case or calling any witness; in his closing argument Wednesday, defense lawyer Richard Westling said, "Sitting here today, Mr. Manafort is innocent. ... If you are thinking this evidence adds up to something, you shouldn't." Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecuting team spent two weeks laying out its case, including testimony from Manafort's former bookkeeper and former top aide Rick Gates.
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