Prosecutors in the United States have rested their case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

During ten days of testimony they alleged he avoided paying tax on at least $16m of income and lied to banks to maintain an extravagant lifestyle once his work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine dried up.

More than two dozen witnesses painted a picture of 69-year-old Mr Manafort as a lavish spender with little regard for the law.

The court heard he moved his money to 31 undisclosed off-shore bank accounts.

Mr Manafort's lawyers will decide today if they plan to call any witnesses. 

Yesterday, they claimed that the prosecution failed to show the necessary wilfulness to break the law.

Judge TS Ellis said he would talk to Mr Manafort today about whether he wanted to take the stand, something that legal experts say is highly unlikely.

If the defence rests, closing statements would be next, after which the 12-person jury will begin its deliberations.

Mr Manafort is being tried on 18 counts, which include tax and bank fraud charges, as well the failure to disclose foreign bank accounts.

He could face eight to ten years in prison if found guilty on all charges.

The trial is the first courtroom test for US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who indicted Mr Manafort in October 2017 as part of his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.