I don’t think the Manafort trial is all that interesting. I mean, it only has a bearing on the Mueller investigation IF Manafort is found guilty, and IF he foregoes a lengthy appeal and IF he then makes a deal with Mueller that implicates Trump or talks about the Trump Tower meeting with Russians… and none of those things are a certainty.
Nevertheless, I suppose it is newsworthy that the defense rested today without presenting any witnesses. Not unusual. They will simply argue that the government did not meet its burden.