Manafort juror said one holdout 'exasperated' others with her logic

Manafort trial Long jury deliberation could be bad news for prosecution

The conviction of former campaign chief Paul Manafort is embarrassing, but his bank and tax fraud crimes pre-date involvement with Trump.

Now, three of those counts were for failing to report foreign bank accounts.

But jurors were unable to reach a verdict on 10 charges, and Judge T.S. Ellis declared a mistrial on those counts.

"I think we all went in there like we were supposed to and assumed that Mr Manafort was innocent".

"There is a unusual time factor that is usually not present in pardon cases: The best time for President Trump to pardon Paul Manafort is relatively soon".

That pardon "makes crystal clear [Trump's] willingness to use his pardon power to thwart the cause of justice, rather than advance it", New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said at the time.

The trial is the first to emerge from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller. Still, she questioned prosecutors' motives in bringing the case.

As he's insisted several times, President Trump has said the investigation is nothing more than a "witch hunt... a disgrace", adding that Manafort is a "good man".

The president has repeatedly spoken out publicly in support of Manafort, both at the outset of the trial and during jury deliberations. Trump said the payments didn't come from his campaign, "they came from me".

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The "Fox & Friends" co-host had a coveted yet pressure-filled opportunity: the chance to interview Trump the day after arguably the worst day of his presidency, when longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen's plea deal and the guilty verdict at former campaign manager Paul Manafort's trial was revealed within an hour of each other.

Manafort was convicted on financial charges Tuesday while that same day Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and implicated Trump.

When Ellis started inquiring with jurors about what was happening on August 10, one juror told him the other members of the jury had been making remarks about politics and the case, and how one juror commented that "the defense was weak". He also faces additional charges in a separate trial in federal court next month in the District of Columbia.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of filing false tax returns, one count of not filing a required IRS form, and two bank fraud counts. There, she said she "did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty", but called the evidence "overwhelming".

While Trump proclaims his "great respect" for Manafort in the interview, he skirted the question about whether or not he would pardon his former aide.

"It was a very emotionally charged jury room - there were some tears", she said, noting that she didn't believe she was in the company of many other "fellow Republicans". To many of those involved in the anti-Marcos protest movement, especially in the days of chaos following the Aquino assassination, Manafort's name is familiar as he served as a "consultant" to the ailing dictator, a high-profile lobbyist who tried to shore up USA support for Marcos during the Reagan years.

His lawyers had argued that Gates, not Manafort, was the real criminal, pointing to Gates' admitted lies, theft, and marital infidelity, which he acknowledged during his testimony.

Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of fraud Tuesday, in the first trial resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He reprised a litany of complaints about the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, attacking both without providing evidence they had treated him and his supporters unfairly. When it was all over, the government lawyers shook hands with all the defense lawyers, kind of like a baseball game, but a really somber one.

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