Paul Manafort's attorneys rest without presenting evidence, witnesses

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Attorneys for Paul Manafort rested their case on Tuesday without calling any witnesses, including the former Trump campaign chairman himself, who told the judge he did not want to testify in his own defense against bank and tax fraud charges. Downing also said the defense team was feeling "confident" heading into Wednesday's closing remarks. He was on the campaign team for five months and led it in mid-2016 when Trump was selected as the Republican nominee for the presidential election.

Prosecutors have requested two hours for their closings - an opportunity to stitch the barrage of documents and hours of often-technical witness testimony they have presented to jurors over the last two weeks into a cohesive narrative.

Manafort's decision not to testify and not to call witnesses came after Ellis rejected a defense motion that the case should be dismissed on grounds the government failed to meet its burden of proof.

A jury could begin deliberating on the case later today, according to USA media.

Prosecutors allege Manafort knowingly misled banks about his income in order to secure personal loans he needed to fund a lavish lifestyle and to service debts including hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on baseball tickets. The charges overall carry a maximum of 305 years in prison.

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Still, the proceedings have drawn President Donald Trump's attention - and tweets - as he works to undermine the standing of the Mueller investigation in the public square.

While several others charged in the investigation, including former Manafort aide Richard Gates, have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate in the Mueller probe, Manafort has stubbornly battled the prosecution's charges.

The statements cap a 12-day trial at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., where Manafort faces a total of 18 counts of bank and tax fraud. Gates struck a plea deal with prosecutors and provided much of the drama of the trial so far.

Both sides will debate jury instructions Tuesday afternoon before making their closing arguments. Judge T.S. Ellis (rear C) looks on. Prosecutor Greg Andres, who has had the strongest confrontations with Ellis, said "yes".

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