The Latest: Prosecutors want to highlight Manafort spending
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial (all times local):
Prosecutors in the trial of Paul Manafort are asking judge for greater leeway in presenting more evidence of Manafort’s personal expenditures.
U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis III has questioned the government’s use of such materials and in several instances, directed prosecutors not to use photographs and other evidence of Manafort’s lavish lifestyle.
Prosecutors made their arguments to Ellis Thursday in a seven-page motion saying that their evidence “is directly relevant to the elements of the charged offenses” and not prejudicial to Manafort’s defense.
Ellis rebuked the prosecution team Wednesday for relying on photographs of expensive rugs and clothes and noted that it’s not a crime to be wealthy.
Bookkeepers and accountants are expected to testify in the third day of trial for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
They would be part of the prosecution effort to prove Manafort hid millions in income from the IRS and used the funds for a lavish lifestyle.
Manafort’s attorneys are putting the blame for any illegal activity on his business associate, Rick Gates.
The prosecution’s focus on Manafort’s personal finances underscored the vast amount of documents accumulated by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in their case against the longtime political consultant.
It also tried the patience of U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who repeatedly scolded prosecutors for what he said was excessive and unnecessary information.
The prosecution in the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, expects to rest its case next week.