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Manafort judge has harsh words for Rick Gates
Juror Paula Duncan, says the Miller prosecution star witness’, deserves a special place in hell’; Peter Doocy reports on the behind-the-scenes account of the trial version.
EXCLUSIVE: The government’s star witness in the case against ex-trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort “deserves a special place in hell”, one of the jurors told Fox News in an exclusive interview, while revealing the jury is largely discounted his testimony during the dramatic attempt.
Juror Paula Duncan was a behind-the-scenes account of Fox News on Wednesday, after the jury returned a guilty verdict against the former trump campaign, the Chairman of eight economic crime counts and blocked 10 others. They revealed that Special Counsel Robert Müller was the team, a reluctance to be a juror away from winning a conviction, the counts against Manafort to all 18.
But Duncan, described, the said to themselves as enthusiastic supporters of President Trump, you finally Manafort guilty of the charges against him, despite their concerns about the case itself.
Still, they savaged the prosecution star witness, Rick Gates, the defendant, the former business partner as “nervous,” and do what he could to save himself.
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“He deserves a special place in hell,” she said. “He was as guilty as Paul Manafort, maybe even more. I mean, he’s beat from his employer.”
During the trial, Gates testified that he and Manafort conspired, bank and tax fraud – while also admitting he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former business partner.
Duncan pointed to the paper trail, not Gates’ statement, as the most important component in the decision of the jury.
In a separate interview with Shannon Bream on “Fox News @ night,” Duncan said some of the jurors had problems with Gates’ statement from the start, because he took a plea deal.
“We agreed not to throw his testimony and look at the papers that had his name all over,” she said, adding that she find him credible. “I think he would have done everything he could to get. This is only evident in the fact that he turned over to Manafort.”
Duncan is the first Manafort juror to speak publicly about the study. In their interviews, they revealed more details about the four tense and emotional days of the considerations that led to the guilty verdict on eight counts.
Behind closed doors, heated tempers at times, even if jurors never discussed explicitly to trump Manafort close connection.
“It was a very emotionally charged jury-room – there were some tears,” said Duncan had discussions with a group of Virginians, they feel many “fellow Republicans.”
A political loyalty to the President also raised conflicting feelings in Duncan, but they said it did not ultimately change its decision on the former trump campaign chairman.
“Finding Mr. Manafort guilty was hard for me. I wanted him to be innocent, I really wanted him to be innocent, but he was not there,” Duncan said. “This is the part of the juror, you must have the due diligence and conscious, and to meet the evidence and come up with an informed and intelligent decision, which I did.”
During the hearing, judge T. S. Ellis III made headlines for his repeated rebukes of the prosecution when he claimed earlier this year that they are really interested only in the information about what you could get from the defendant about trump.
You asked whether you agreed with him, that characterization, Duncan, said it was “spot on.”
She echoed the trump card in the call of the special counsel’s probe a “witch hunt.” But she said Manafort was guilty, all the same, counts of crimes relating to, to hide income from his political consulting work overseas and other fraud.
“Certainly, Mr. Manafort you are caught breaking the law, but he would not get caught, when you said not to President Trump,” Duncan.
Fox News’ Andrew O’reilly, and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.
Peter Doocy is currently a Washington, DC-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2009 as a General assignment reporter based in New York office.