Former Donald Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Found Guilty of 8 Charges

Clay Curtis
August 24, 2018

The jury in the trial of Paul Manafort would have convicted the former Trump campaign chairman on all 18 criminal charges if not for one juror who had questions about the reasonable doubt standard of criminality, a juror told Fox News on Wednesday (Aug 22). Ellis previously said he had personally received "criticism and threats" while presiding over the trial.

"Cohen has done everything but shout from the rooftops that he wants to cooperate", said Ross Garber, adjunct professor at Tulane Law School.

"The evidence was overwhelming", she said.

The identities of other jurors have not been disclosed.

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. Duncan described Gates as "nervous", and said the jury ultimately threw away his testimony during deliberation. "I think he feels bad for Manafort", she said.

Davis said his client had "knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on".

Duncan also said the case was politicized. I don't think I need to hide behind anything. "We did waste a bit of time with that shenanigan".

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Duncan also said while a judge placed her name and the names of her peers under seal for safety reasons, she doesn't feel like she's in danger. Claiming the conversation occurred "three to five weeks ago" then correcting that timeline to June, Giuliani said Trump had brought up the possibility of a pardon but both Giuliani and fellow attorney Jay Sekulow advised against it, at least before the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Manafort is accused of tax evasion, bank fraud and money laundering in the course of his dealings with Russian-backed oligarchs.

Trump said "flipping" in this way should be illegal and told "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt that Cohen was just doing it because prosecutors gave him a "great deal".

Manafort was indicted on 18 felony counts.

Some experts have argued Trump could expose himself to more legal danger if he were to pardon aides who are witnesses in the Mueller probe, because Mueller is examining the president's own conduct and whether he sought to obstruct justice.

Manafort, 69, still has a pending case in Washington D.C. slated to begin next month with reported voluminous evidence related to charges of conspiracy to defraud the US, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, witness tampering and making false statements.

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