This is what Paul Manafort was found guilty of

Posted August 26, 2018

Prosecutors had accused Manafort of failing to pay taxes on roughly $15 million he earned working for a pro-Russian candidate in Ukraine, and of trying to defraud banks to obtain loans when his money from the candidate ran out.

That's according to the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, whose office is prosecuting the former Trump campaign chairman.

"Mr. Manafort is disappointed of not getting acquittals all the way through or a complete hung jury on all counts", Downing told reporters.

When the jury was done, Manafort sat back down with his lawyers.

She said she understood that Manafort is presumed innocent. "All they knew is that woman with a Russian name wanted to meet with them".

"Legally he's entitled to pardon Manafort", said Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard professor that Trump likes to watch on TV. "I think it would be a big mistake", Duncan, 54, told Reuters after an on-camera interview on Friday, adding that she believed it would be a mistake from both a moral and a political perspective.

President Trump hasn't directly addressed the prospect of his pardoning either his former campaign chairman or former personal lawyer, but the U.S. Constitution does give him the power to do so.

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He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

No sentencing hearing has been scheduled so far.

The jury also deadlocked on five charges of bank fraud conspiracy.

That comment might be taking into account information that was public but not presented to jurors.

Paul Manafort's wife Kathleen Manafort, centre, returns to federal court after the jury sent a note to the judge, during jury deliberations.

Prosecutors say Manafort collected $US65 million in foreign bank accounts from 2010 to 2014 and spent more than $US15 million on luxury purchases in the same period, including high-end clothing, real estate, landscaping and other big-ticket items. But certainly, if the prosecutors had been unable to get a guilty verdict in this case, I think one could expect that the president would have seized on that.

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"'We have the greatest economy we've ever had", declared Donald Trump last week, addressing a rally of whooping supporters in Virginia. The president's former lawyer pleaded guilty to eight charges yesterday. The newly revealed jury verdict form has handwritten notes of "no consensus 11 to 1" on the other 10. " "Justice" took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a fearless man!"


Paula Duncan, the first juror to speak out, said the four days of deliberation were often tense, sometimes resulting in tears.

JOHNSON: So this was a heavy case. Those witnesses said Manafort misled them about foreign bank accounts he controlled.

The two bank fraud charges on which he was convicted each carry a potential prison term of up to 30 years. That's no small thing. He's now been convicted of multiple felonies.

While prosecutors proposed that the judge admonish the panel that they refrain from discussing the case until all the evidence was in, defense attorneys pushed for Ellis to intervene. There is reason to believe they may let it slide. He said Manafort was evaluating all of his options. What was the atmosphere like?

Manafort stood quietly while the verdict was being read by the clerk. He, on several days, did not wear socks because the jail was giving him white socks to wear with his dark shoes, and he didn't like it.

He faces a trial later this year in the District of Columbia. The jurors were excused. They contended that the case shouldn't go forward.

Manafort, 69, called no witnesses at all, as his lawyer argued prosecutors had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he meant to defraud the government or banks.

"If President Trump pardons him without him doing any time at all it would look like President Trump was saying it's OK that you broke the law". He said he's sad about what's happened to him.

"We didn't understand her logic and to us if he was guilty on the tax documents he was pretty much guilty on the FBARs", Duncan said. And he also said, where's the collusion? "This is not unusual in lengthy trials and - given the facts in this case - not a strong issue on appeal".

Manafort will be on trial again next month on a second set of charges, this time in a Washington federal court.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation hacked and leaked Democratic emails during the campaign as part of an effort to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

One of the witnesses who testified against Manafort was his longtime deputy, Rick Gates. Back in the Iran-Contra scandal, he represented a higher-up in the Central Intelligence Agency who eventually, two weeks after his conviction, was pardoned by then-President George H.W. Bush. Hibey showed up during this trial. So it is still possible.

MARTIN: NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson unpacking the Paul Manafort conviction.