Jury deliberations begin in Manafort trial
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The jury has begun deliberations in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Judge T.S. Ellis III sent the jury back Thursday shortly before 10 a.m. to consider the 18 counts of tax and bank fraud levied against Manafort. Prosecutors say he hid from the IRS millions of dollars in foreign income from advising politicians in Ukraine. Then, when they Ukrainian money dried up, they say he lied on loan applications to maintain his cash flow.
Defense lawyers say the government failed to prove its case. They rested their case without presenting any witnesses during the three-week trial.
The jury of six men and six women heard testimony from more than two dozen prosecution witnesses and has hundreds of documents that were entered into evidence to review in the jury room.