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Trump's former campaign chief convicted on 8 counts

25 August 2018

Duncan said it was the holdout who prompted the jury to send a note to Judge T.S. Ellis asking for an explanation of the term "reasonable doubt", the standard of proof in USA criminal trials. The judge declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 counts.

She said in an interview with Fox News the night before that she was convinced Manafort was guilty after seeing four full boxes of evidence from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's legal team.

Manafort was campaign chairman, now found guilty of fraud and tax evasion. The verdict, he said, "doesnt involve me, but I still feel, you know, its a very sad thing that happened".

A juror who participated in the trial of the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort says just one holdout prevented the jury from convicting Manafort on all 18 of the federal charges he faced.

Clad in a dark suit and powder-blue tie, Manafort stood with his hands clasped before him.

Attorneys for Manafort said they were "disappointed" and that he was "evaluating all of his options at this point". "He is trying to soak it all in", Downing told Reuters.

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A spokesman for the special counsel's office and a spokesman for Manafort did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

They also say he lied on loan applications to obtain millions more to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

Prosecutors had to prove that Manafort willfully chose not to report the accounts, which during those years numbered more than two dozen in Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the United Kingdom. Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to crimes that had nothing to do with Russia's campaign to sabotage the 2016 presidential race. "This is a witch hunt and a disgrace", Trump said. Prosecutors provided evidence he did not report $16 million in overseas income from 2010 to 2014 but used it to purchase clothes and real estate and renovate his homes.

The jury then announced their verdict on the eight counts, guilty in each case.

Earlier Wednesday morning, Trump broke his silence on the guilty plea by Cohen, writing a wisecracking tweet that he would not recommend hiring him as an attorney. They were hung on three other related counts.

Bank fraud: A $3.4 million dollar Citizens Bank loan. Those types of discussions should not be held until the jury gets the case.

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A jury found Paul Manafort guilty on eight felony counts of bank and tax fraud.

The verdict concludes the first case Mueller has brought to trial since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed him as special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

The Manafort jury started deliberating on Thursday and Aaron Wolfson, a former prosecutor in NY, said it was not uncommon for juries to be out "five, six or seven days" in complicated cases.

Jurors made that announcement in a note Tuesday afternoon to the federal jury overseeing the trial. He faces a second trial in Washington next month on charges of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, money laundering and foreign lobbying.

Trump told Fox he respected Manafort for work he had done for prominent Republican politicians, adding that "some of the charges they threw against him, every consultant, every lobbyist in Washington probably does".

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Trump's former campaign chief convicted on 8 counts