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Paul Manafort Case Goes To Jury After Closing Arguments

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Prosecutors sought to crystallize and simplify the sometimes complicated paper trail canada goose coats on sale and witness testimony they’ve presented over canada goose store the course of canada goose uk outlet the trial. Defense attorneys, meanwhile, got an Canada Goose Jackets extended shot at poking holes in the government’s case after declining to call any witnesses of their own.

The government went first. Prosecutor Greg Andres, who also led the direct examination of Manafort’s former business partner Rick Gates, asked jurors to take detailed notes to review during their deliberations. But he canada goose clearance sale also boiled Manafort’s financial decisions down to a simple cheap Canada Goose statement: He lied.

“When you follow the trail of Mr. Manafort’s money, it is littered with lies,” Andres said.

“The star witness”

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Manafort’s attorneys have said Manafort Canada Goose Outlet didn’t pay close enough attention to his own accounts to have deliberately broken the law.

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canada goose outlet online uk Prosecutors have shown the jury emails in which Manafort referred to bank accounts in Cyprus using the word “my,” and an FBI forensic accountant testified that Manafort spent millions of dollars through international wire transfer, thereby avoiding the IRS. canada goose outlet online uk

All told, over the past three weeks, prosecutors called 27 witnesses, including bookkeepers, tax accountants, luxury menswear retailers, bankers and an IRS agent.

On Wednesday, however, Andres focused Canada Goose Parka on canada goose the paper canada goose outlet trail, not on Gates or the other people who appeared.

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Defense attorney Kevin Downing, however, said prosecutors’ case falls apart without Gates’ testimony. Downing, as he had during cross examination last week, talked about the millions of dollars that Gates has uk canada goose outlet admitted to embezzling from Manafort and about Gates’ admission of an extramarital affair.

canada goose jacket outlet sale “[Manafort] trusted [Gates] so much he gave him the keys to all the financials without any oversight,” Downing said, before adding: “What a mistake that was.” canada goose jacket outlet sale

On Wednesday, Andres told the jury those tactics were meant to distract them.

He posed a rhetorical question: Does Canada Goose sale the fact that Gates had an affair a decade ago make Manafort any less guilty? You don’t have to like Gates, Andres told jurors, or believe every word he says, but look at the documents.

Andres finished by asking the jury to return “the only verdict consistent with the evidence of this case. And that’s guilty guilty on all counts.”Defense attorneys Downing and Richard Westling split their closing argument, with Westling focusing on the bank fraud charges against Manafort. If Andres had the urgency canada goose coats of someone cramming a lot information into a short amount of time, the defense wanted to portray a sense of calm.

Westling praised Manafort’s work over decades as a political consultant, noting he worked with presidents from Gerald Ford to Trump. He argued that prosecutors for the special counsel’s office pored over documents and emails related to Manafort to nitpick and “to point out where something doesn’t match up” rather than investigating a serious crime.