Television cameras are set outside of federal court as the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort continues, in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Latest: Prosecution rests in Manafort trial

August 13, 2018 - 2:10 pm

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial (all times local):

5:05 p.m.

The prosecution has rested its bank fraud and tax evasion case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Prosecutors finished presenting their evidence Monday after weeks of sometimes dramatic testimony from two dozen witnesses. Longtime Manafort deputy Rick Gates said he teamed up with his former boss to commit crimes intended to protect Manafort's finances. Gates was also forced to admit embezzling a fortune from Manafort and having an extramarital affair.

The government says Manafort hid at least $16 million in income from the IRS between 2010 and 2014 by disguising income he earned advising politicians in Ukraine as loans and hiding it in foreign banks. Defense lawyers say Gates is a liar trying to avoid jail time under his plea deal.


4:20 p.m.

A Chicago-based bank lost $11.8 million because it had to write off a significant portion of two loans it made to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

That's according to the testimony of Federal Savings Bank executive James Brennan in Manafort's financial fraud trial.

Brennan says the losses stemmed from loans of $9.5 million and $6.5 million made to Manafort. He says they were the two largest loans the bank had made when they were issued in late 2016 and early 2017.

Other witnesses in the trial have said the loans were pushed through by bank chairman Stephen Calk because he wanted a job in the Trump administration.

Manafort is accused of fraudulently obtaining the loans by inflating his income and concealing other financial information. He is fighting the charges.


3 p.m.

A bank executive said he found several red flags with Paul Manafort's finances while the former Trump campaign chairman was being considered for $16.5 million in bank loans.

The testimony, on the 10th day of Manafort's financial fraud trial, comes as the prosecution is expected to rest its case later Monday.

James Brennan, a vice president at Federal Savings Bank, says Manafort failed to disclose mortgages on his loan application. He says he also found several "inconsistencies" in the amount of income Manafort reported for his business.

That information led senior executives to reject one of the loans. But Brennan says that rejection was overruled by Federal Savings Bank chairman Stephen Calk.