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The former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort allegedly tried to strike a plea deal with prosecutors last week, before his second attempt, but failed to reach an agreement.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the discussion, reported on Monday that the negotiations between Manafort’s defense team and prosecutors occurred during the jury meeting last week, during his trial on bank and tax fraud charges. These talks came to a standstill, after Special Counsel Robert Müller brought some problems, the report said.

It was not clear what caused the problems, or what was specifically discussed about the deal with itself, according to the Journal. The negations were, according to reports, turned to the prevention of a second study, the Manafort faces in the next month on similar charges.

The Journal reported that both Manafort and Müller-team declined to comment for the report. Fox News peaked for both teams, and do not immediately receive a response.

After four days of deliberations, Manafort was found guilty in eight counts of bank and tax fraud for hiding millions of dollars that he earned from his political consulting in Ukraine. The jury was deadlocked on 10 other counts. A juror told Fox News that the lone restraint prevented a condemnation of all 18.

Manafort faces a second trial in Washington on charges of 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.

I feel very bad for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” has a 12-year-old tax case, among other things, applied enormous pressure on him, and in contrast to Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” stories to a “deal.” Respect for a brave man!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018

The news comes after President Donald Trump addressed Manafort conviction during a Fox News interview on Thursday in which he said he had “great respect” for the, “what has he done… what he has been through.”

The President noted that, in contrast to his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who approved last week of the campaign Finance violations by arrangement of the-silent-money-payments “in the direction of” then-candidate Trump, Manafort does not “flip.”

Cohen was able to 65 years in prison, when all the costs convicted. However, as part of his plea deal, Cohen is not a challenge, each sentence between 46 and 63 months, agreed. The offer does not apply to a co-operation with the Federal public Prosecutor’s office.

“I’ve said it many times,” Trump told Fox News. “I have a lot of friends on this stuff. It’s called reflect, and almost should be illegal.”

Manafort is sentenced to a maximum penalty of 80 years in prison.

Fox News’ Peter Doocey contributed to this report.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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