Prosecutors pointed to text messages Calk sent to Manafort on election night in 2016 informing him that his bank could issue a second loan despite what they say were “red flags” in Manafort’s financial position.
Calk then had an interview Manafort secured for him at Trump Tower in New York for a position as under secretary of the Army.
Former Trump staffer Anthony Scaramucci is anticipated to testify Thursday that Manafort asked him to get Calk an interview for the position and that he complied with the request despite believing that Calk was not qualified, 검사는 말한다.
Calk was ultimately never offered nor accepted any positions within the administration and the bank incurred a multimillion-dollar loss when Manafort defaulted on the loans, 기소에 따르면.
Defense counsel argued Wednesday that Calk didn’t know he was doing anything wrong in giving Manafort $ 16 million in loans, saying it was Manafort who committed fraud by lying about his wealth to get the loans approved.
“This is not a sweetheart deal,” said Calk’s attorney Paul Schoeman.
Schoeman acknowledged that Calk “물론” had sought advice and help from Manafort to get a government position because he “really loves the military” as a former member of the Army Reserve and wanted to serve the country.
But the only role Calk got was the unpaid position with the Trump campaign, Schoeman said.
“This case is not about partisan politics. The name Donald Trump is going to come up during this trial. Some people like him, some people don’t, but don’t let that influence you in this case,” Schoeman told jurors.
The alleged “quid pro quo” between Calk and Manafort came up in 2018 at Manafort’s trial in Virginia.
Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of financial fraud, but jurors deadlocked on the four counts of bank fraud and conspiracy related to the fraudulent loans he had received from Calk’s bank. 몇 개월 뒤, Manafort pleaded guilty in a separate federal case in Washington, DC, and admitted to all the conduct alleged in the Virginia trial, including conspiring with Calk to commit bank fraud.
Former President Donald Trump pardoned Manafort and the March indictment in Calk’s case did not charge Manafort as part of the alleged conspiracy
A jury was sworn in Wednesday after a selection process that began Tuesday.
Jurors will continue to hear testimony Thursday morning in cross-examination of the government’s first witness, acting Comptroller of the Currency Blake Paulson, along with a former Federal Savings Bank employee and Kory Langhofer, who was a member of the Trump transition team.