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Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial is now in the hands of a jury

The Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse, where the bank fraud trial of Paul Manafort is taking place. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
The Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse, where Manafort's trial is taking place. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Jurors in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are set to begin deliberations Thursday morning, after federal prosecutors made their closing arguments into how Manafort orchestrated a scheme to obtain millions of dollars and avoid paying taxes, according to multiple reports.

The big picture: This is the first case that special counsel Robert Mueller has brought to court as a result of his ongoing probe into potential meddling by Russians during the 2016 elections. However, the federal tax and financial fraud charges in dispute are separate from Manafort's work with the Trump campaign.

Prosecutors wrap up arguments in Manafort trial focused on bank loans

A sign next to protestors with a mugshot of Paul Manafort, that reads "I like your new suit."
Protestors outside the Virginia courtroom where Paul Manafort's trial is taking place. Photo: ark Wilson/Getty Images

Jurors in Paul Manafort's trial were dismissed on Friday by Judge T.S. Ellis until Monday — he told them, per the Washington Post, not to "look it up on Google or anywhere else. Put it completely out of your mind until Monday; that's what I plan to do."

The big picture: Prosecutors say they'll be resting their case on Monday, the Post reports. Their last witness is expected to be Jim Brennan, a Federal Savings Bank employee who has immunity.

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