Manafort juror: Lone holdout blocked conviction on all counts, prosecutors were "napping"

by Abel Hampton August 25, 2018, 1:29
Manafort juror: Lone holdout blocked conviction on all counts, prosecutors were

The six man, six woman jury ultimately convicted Manafort of eight charges and was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on 10 more counts Tuesday. A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not agree on. "He agreed with us".

On the eve of closing arguments in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort, a federal judge reviewed a complaint that one juror and possibly others had disparaged the defense team's case, raising questions about whether there should be a declaration of a mistrial.

Separately, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that Trump asked his lawyers several weeks ago for their advice on the possibility of pardoning Manafort.

Manafort is facing a maximum of 80 years behind bars but the sentence is likely to be less.

"He mentioned pardoning Manafort", Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt told political pundit Sean Hannity Wednesday, previewing the broadcast of her interview with Trump.

The outcome, though not the across-the-board guilty verdicts prosecutors sought, nearly certainly guarantees years of prison for Manafort. "But in the end she held out and that's why we have 10 counts that did not get a verdict", she said.

Earhardt was the subject of widespread ridicule after last Thursday she mistakenly stated that the US defeated "communist Japan" in an impassioned criticism of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who had said America "was never that great".

Duncan said there was no reason to have convicted Manafort on one FBAR count and not the other three.

In a Fox News interview on Wednesday, Paula Duncan, a self-described Trump supporter, said the unidentified juror was not convinced that Manafort was guilty of all 18 criminal charges he faced.

"The evidence and the paper trail was there regardless of what Rick Gates said", Duncan said.

Manafort, 69, was convicted Tuesday on eight tax and bank fraud charges.

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

The subject came up as the president was expressing his anger at how federal prosecutors had "beat up" and mistreated Manafort, Giuliani said in an interview. "If I got impeached, I think the market would crash".

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2018. Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to crimes that had nothing to do with Russia's campaign to sabotage the 2016 presidential race.

US Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned President Trump over a possible pardon for Manafort.

The president on Tuesday called the outcome a "disgrace" and said the case "has nothing to do with Russian Federation collusion".

"We all take brickbats in life", Ellis said.

General Michael Flynn, Trump's top adviser on national security and a prominent campaign surrogate, has pled guilty to felony charges of lying to the FBI and is cooperating with the Mueller investigation. That would influence my decision or the prosecutor's decision as to whether to retry him.


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