Trump Praises Manafort, Says He "Refused to Break" Unlike Cohen

Trump Praises Manafort, Says He

Trump Praises Manafort, Says He "Refused to Break" Unlike Cohen

A juror from Paul Manafort's financial crimes trial said Wednesday that there was one holdout who prevented the former Trump campaign manager from being indicted on all 18 counts.

The subject of pardoning Manafort came as Trump's former campaign chairman faced multiple charges of bank fraud and tax evasion in an Alexandria criminal case, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said in an interview.

The disclosure by one juror of another juror's comments on the ninth day of Manafort's trial prompted U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III to question jurors about whether the comment would affect their ability to make a fair and impartial verdict.

"We all tried to convince her to look at the paper trial".

"Most of us did not want that out there, but one of the jurors did", she said.

Manafort was found guilty on five tax fraud charges, two counts of bank fraud and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts.

"It was a very emotionally charged jury room-there were some tears", she said.

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Duncan said she wanted to come forward because "the public, America, needed to know how close this was".

Duncan, who described herself in the interview as a supporter of President Donald Trump, said the hundreds of exhibits amassed by prosecutors to support the bank and tax fraud case convinced her of Manafort's guilt.

Prosecutors accused Paul Manafort past year of laundering millions of dollars through real estate holdings.

Reacting to Manafort's guilty plea on Thursday, Mr Trump said he was "very sad" for his former campaign chair.

Trump said "flipping" in this way should be illegal and told "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt that Cohen was just doing it because prosecutors gave him a "great deal".

Prosecutors said Manafort laundered $30 million, money he made working for government officials and political leaders in Ukraine, via a network of hidden offshore bank accounts back to the USA without paying taxes and subsequently obtained $20 million in illegal loans.

In several tweets on Wednesday morning, Trump referred to Manafort as "a courageous man" and contrasted his behavior with that of Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney who implicated Trump as a participant in crimes to which Cohen pleaded guilty a day earlier.

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Trump has repeatedly played down Russian interference, and denounces Mueller's investigation as a politically motivated "witch hunt".

Duncan said the documentary evidence was more than strong enough to overcome the testimony of Rick Gates, Manafort's former right-hand man and the prosecution's star witness, whose credibility withered under cross-examination. She noted that even his critics had described him as a brilliant political consultant and that Trump had trusted him with overseeing his campaign.

The president then pointed at his head and said, "Because without this thinking you would see, you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe in reverse".

The charges against Manafort largely predate his work on President Donald Trump's successful campaign.

The drama was revealed in transcripts of previously sealed conferences involving U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, prosecutors and Manafort's defense team, who had grown increasingly anxious that jury room commentary during breaks in the trial had compromised the panel.

A Fox News poll found 59 percent approve of Mueller's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether Trump tried to obstruct it.

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