A federal jury in Virginia convicted Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, on eight counts involving bank and tax fraud this afternoon, but no verdicts could be reached on the 10 other charges he faced, NBC NEWS reports.
The trial was the first public test of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and while the special counsel was vindicated, the victory wasn’t total.
The jury deliberated for four days after hearing 12 days of arguments, evidence and witnesses. Mueller’s team buried the defendant in an avalanche of emails, tax returns, bank documents, and the damning testimony of bankers, accountants, and Manafort’s onetime protégé, Rick Gates. The defense sought to raise doubts about Gates’ credibility and about other aspects of the evidence, and was partially successful. The 10 counts will be considered a mistrial.
Manafort, 69, also faces another trial on related charges next month in Washington.