Manafort convictions show Mueller's probe is no 'witch hunt' READ MORE

Manafort convictions show Mueller's probe is no 'witch hunt' READ MORE

Manafort convictions show Mueller's probe is no 'witch hunt' READ MORE

Paul Manafort, former campaign manager of President Trump, was found guilty Tuesday on eight of the 18 counts brought against him by special counsel Robert Mueller. We laid it out in front of her again and again and she still said that she had a reasonable doubt.

The form also showed that jurors at one point appeared to have been unanimous on convicting Manafort of two additional charges of failing to report foreign bank accounts but scratched out the check marks over guilty.

The identity of the other jurors have not been revealed. Judge T.S. Ellis III declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 charges. This woman, Duncan said, was the lone holdout, causing the 10 charges to end in mistrial.

"The evidence was overwhelming", Duncan said, pointing to prosecutors' extensive paper trail.

At a courthouse close to Washington, jurors deliberated on whether the president's former campaign chair Paul Manafort - a man who was instrumental in him winning the Republican nomination - was guilty of a separate slew of charges.

Mr. Trump said the Manafort conviction did not involve him.

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"We're supposed to assume he's innocent and therefore he does not need to defend himself, and the judge made that very clear, that there is no requirement for him to do so". "I think we've established today that we have a criminal president, and that is historic". Duncan, 52, identified herself as a strong support of President Trump, saying she kept a Make America Great Again hat in the backseat of her vehicle as she drove to the trial, and plans to vote for Trump again in 2020. "We did due diligence, we applied the evidence, our notes, the witnesses, and we came up with the guilty verdicts on the eight counts". In other news, Donald Trump has a campaign event in Charleston, West Virginia tonight at 7 EST.

The verdict was part of a stunning one-two punch of bad news for the White House, coming as the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was pleading guilty in NY to campaign finance charges arising from hush money payments made to two women who say they had sexual relationships with Trump.

And she noted, Mueller's team of prosecutors seemed uninterested, at times, during the trial. Prosecutors said Manafort had lied to banks to get $20 million worth of loans-which he used to maintain an expensive lifestyle after his lucrative political consulting work dried up-and hid $65 million from the IRS in overseas bank accounts. While the judge kept the jurors' names under seal to protect them, Duncan said she does not feel threatened and wanted to shed light on the case.

Trump needs to realise that a pardon for Manafort, Cohen or any other potential witness in Mueller's investigation would be seen as just as corrupt as any other attempt to interfere in the special counsel's investigation.

The maximum time in prison for the counts Manafort was found guilty of totals 80 years, though he would be expected to receive much less when sentenced.

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