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The jury will decide the fate of President Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort, is charged with 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Alexandria, Virginia.

The jury in the Federal trial against the former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort is the first day of deliberations ended without a verdict, but ask to have the judge a series of questions that the defense took before the break — a development that as good news.

Before court was adjourned, on Thursday afternoon, U.S. district judge T. S. Ellis III announced that the judges would continue to be morning work on Friday.

Ellis a note detailing read aloud four questions from the jury, the foreign banks accounts, letter-box companies, the definition of reasonable doubt and other evidence in the case.

Outside court on Thursday, Manafort ‘ s defense attorney, Kevin Downing, called the questions from the jury-especially the more than reasonable doubt — a “good sign.”

So, overall, a very good day for Mr. Manafort,” Downing told reporters.

According to a study of nearly three weeks, Manafort, 69, on a judgment for tax evasion and bank charges amounted to waiting. He was accused of hiding income from his Ukrainian political work of the IRS. He is also accused of fraudulently million in bank loans.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A humorous moment earlier Thursday, according to Ellis, the jury excused occurred out of the courtroom.

“Mr. Trump, you are here?” the judge, asked an audible gasp from the many reporters to elicit in the room.

It turned out the judge was referring to a man by the name of Jim Trump, a Prosecutor who was present in court for the next case, and has no relation to President Trump. In the moment a smile and a laugh from Manafort.

Before the deliberations began, Ellis admitted that the jury room is small. He offered, instead, let the judges use of the conference room, intentional. The jury, though, informed the judge that the members prefer to repeat in the break room, where they eat lunch. Ellis granted the request.

TO Conclude prosecutors BLAST ‘MANAFORT’ S LIES ”

A unanimous verdict of 12 jurors is required to convict, Manafort, which is on each of the 18 counts against him.

During closing arguments, the proposed on Wednesday, lawyers for Manafort, Special Counsel Robert Muller had the team wrong, entangled your customers as part of its ongoing probe of alleged Russian influence in U.S. politics.

Manafort’s attorney, Richard Westling told jurors that banks had not reported any problems with Manafort regulatory authorities “, to the special counsel came in and asked questions,” and he accused prosecutors of “stacking” charges against Manafort. And Downing, the other defender, has said several times, the prosecution should have been handled through an IRS audit, rather than a high-profile Federal prosecution by the special counsel ‘ s office.

Prosecutors said both arguments are not violated a pretrial agreement not to discuss the larger political context of the case. Later in the day, during the jury instructions, which took more than an hour, to ignore Ellis told jurors, the defense team suggested that the Müller was motivated by the law enforcement political.

During their arguments, defenders, state close during the day, prosecutors claimed had produced “not a single bit” of evidence for their charges.

On Wednesday, prosecutors in their closing not used to paint arguments, the former trump campaign Chairman, as a chronic liar, told jurors Manafort “above the law.”

The prosecution star witness, Rick Gates – Manafort, a former business partner who struck a plea deal to cooperate with the government, testified that he and Manafort required bank and tax fraud.

Manafort, the legal problems, with the end of this study. He is also facing charges, the wash in a separate Federal court in Washington, including allegations of conspiracy against the United States, conspired to get money, otherwise, please register as an agent of a foreign principal and the provision of false statements.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy, Meghan Welsh, Lucas Tomlinson and Gregg contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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