Manafort trial – live updates: Judge TS Ellis calls surprise recess as prosecution looks to rest case

The trial of Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Donald Trump campaign, resumes once more today in Virginia.

The case, now entering its ninth day, is the first to result from charges brought by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into possible Russian election meddling.

Mr Manafort, who stepped down from the Trump team in August 2016 after being accused of receiving $12m off the books to promote Ukraine’s pro-Russia president Viktor Yanukovych (prior to his being forced out of Kiev by revolution), was indicted on 12 counts in October 2017, rising to 32 in February.

He is accused of concealing $30m in overseas income garnered from his work as a political consultant and the charges against him range from conspiracy against the US, money laundering, acting as an unregistered foreign agent, failure to file accounts and tax evasion.

Prosecutors are currently seeking to prove the ex-lobbyist obtained millions of dollars in bank loans under false pretences.

Follow the latest developments in the trial below after a week of salacious testimony in which former Manafort deputy and business partner Rick Gates admitted to falsifying documents on behalf of his mentor.

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