Manfort’s Defense Rests Without Calling any Witnesses

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The prosecution rested on Monday, and today the defense rested, and Manafort will not take the stand. The courtroom was sealed for nearly two hours this morning, then reopened at about 11:30 a.m. with Manafort coming in 10 minutes later. The reason for the sealed court was not disclosed.

The case is being prosecuted by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

1:50 p.m.: Jury returns, hears Manafort defense rest case, is dismissed

The jurors were called back to the courtroom shortly after 1:30 p.m., when they heard Manafort’s attorneys rest their case and say they would not be calling any witnesses. The defense lawyers had announced their intentions earlier with the jury out of the courtroom.