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Paul Manafort counts, guilty on eight of 18: What you need to know
The former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manfort was found guilty in eight of the 18 cases of bank and tax fraud. The jury was deadlocked on the remaining ten cases, forcing them to call the judge for a mistrial on these charges.
A Federal jury in Virginia convicted former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort on eight counts of bank and tax fraud, making him the first campaign employees of President Trump found guilty by a jury as part of the Special Counsel, to Robert Mueller probe.
But after four days of deliberations, the jury in judge T. S. Ellis III said on Tuesday afternoon that it will come to a decision on ten counts relating to financial crime. A mistrial was declared on those counts.
“I feel very bad for Paul Manafort” Trump told reporters on Tuesday night after landing in West Virginia at a political rally.
“It has nothing to do with the Russian agreements,” Trump added, calling Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt.”
The jury trial advising began last Thursday, after three weeks, where prosecutors said Manafort, hid income from the policy work overseas, the IRS during the fraudulent and millions in the bank loan. Manafort, 69, had pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts.
Paul Manafort guilty on eight counts
Manafort faced stone as the verdict was read. The government has until Aug. 29 to decide whether it will move to, once again, the 10 deadlocked counts.
Manafort is sentenced to a maximum penalty of 80 years in prison.
Outside court, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing thanked the jurors for “their very long and hard-fought advice” and said that he believed his client got a fair trial.
“He is the evaluation of all his possibilities at this point,” Downing the Manafort said.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE PAUL MANAFORT CASE
Before the jury was dismissed, Ellis, the jury asked whether they wanted their name kept confidential. All answered Yes. The judge told them to speak were allowed to, the press wanted to you if.
In court, Ellis-known for his colorful comments and measures of the lawyers during the trial — praised both sides of the lawyers for their “effective and zealous representation.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the 12-member jury difficulty, consensus, signals, when it sent Ellis a note.
“If we are for the final judgment does not imply a consensus on a single count…what?” you asked.
Ellis replied that this is not “extraordinary” and said the could reach the jury, a “partial judgment.”
Downing asked Ellis whether he would tell the jury, you have a third option – “hung jury” — on each of these. The Prosecutor objected that the plan and the Ellis agreed.
The whirlwind this study is the first result of Mueller’s ongoing investigation in the Russian election meddling, although Manafort refers to the prosecution and not on any choice of interference or alleged collusion, the trump team with Russian officials.
While Trump complained overthrew the verdict, Democrats on Capitol Hill.
“The conviction of Paul Manafort on several felony charges of bank and tax fraud, marks a major turning point in the Special Counsel’s ongoing investigation, and shows once again that the President of the campaign, was populated by individuals with a history of unscrupulous and dishonest dealings and relations with overseas interests,” said California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the house Intelligence Committee.
“He is the evaluation of all his possibilities at this point.”
– Defense attorney Kevin Downing, Manafort
As the jury was in the fourth day of the negotiations, the defense is optimistic that things are headed in your direction.
Manafort entered the courtroom earlier Tuesday morning, looking optimistic. Manafort knocked a couple of his lawyers on the shoulder and confirmed his wife Kathleen, sitting in the first row, with a twinkle in his eye.
Defender rested her case without calling Manafort, or other witnesses on the stand. But lawyers for Manafort suggested that Mueller had the team wrong, entangled your client is in the probe, how to do in the case of Russian interference in the election of 2016.
Arguments not in the last week, the Prosecutor’s office of the former trump campaign Chairman is painted as a chronic liar, told jurors Manafort “above the law.”
The prosecution star witness, Rick Gates – Manafort, a former business partner who suggested to cooperate in a plea deal with the government — testified during the trial that he and Manafort required bank and tax fraud.
Manafort, the legal problems continue, regardless of whether state try lawyers, repeat one of the stagnant. He also faces charges in a separate Federal court in Washington, including conspiracy against the United States, conspired to launder money, otherwise, please register as an agent of a foreign principal and the provision of false statements.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Meghan Welsh, Jake Gibson, Chad Pergram and Guerin helped Hays to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.